In Focus: the life and legacy of Coach Robert Merrill Gainer

IN FOCUS with Melinda Zosh
IN FOCUS with Melinda Zosh(WVVA)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 4:19 PM EST
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - There’s a new book available on Amazon called ‘Robert Merrill Gainer: Today’s Legend. Tomorrow’s Legacy.’ It’s written by former educator and author George Erps. He worked in the education field for five decades. Since his retirement in 2014, he’s written several books and co-authored another one. His latest book is about Coach Merrill. He was a Bluefield Beavers football coach. He led his team to five AAA state championships. He also coached the team during their 1959 undefeated season.

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