Longtime Virginia Beach delegate, beloved football coach Bob Tata dies

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Robert “Bob” Tata, a 30-year state delegate from Virginia Beach’s 85th District and Tidewater Virginia Coach of the Decade, died on Friday.

Officials say he passed away surrounded by his family.

Tata coached the Granby Comets football team to the state final game in 1965 before becoming assistant coach for the University of Virginia. Years later, he went on to become head football coach at Norview High School.

He was also a physical education teacher, history teacher, baseball coach, and guidance counselor. Coach Tata was voted Tidewater’s Coach of The Decade from 1970-1980 for his winning record.

Tata was endearingly called “Coach” throughout his political career.

In 1983, Bob ran for the 85th District of the Virginia General Assembly. With the “Tata Team,” he successfully served at Old Dominion for 30 years, including as the Chair of The Education Committee, and as a member of the Appropriations and Transportation Committees.

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