Bob Tata

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Bob Tata
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 85th district
In office
January 11, 1984 – January 8, 2014
Preceded by Julie Leonard Smith
Succeeded by Scott W. Taylor
Personal details
Born (1930-01-27) January 27, 1930 (age 87)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha Jeraldine Morris
Residence Virginia Beach, Virginia
Alma mater University of Virginia
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1954–1956

Robert "Bob" Tata (born January 27, 1930) is a former American politician. A Republican, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1984 to 2014, representing the 85th district in Virginia Beach.[1][2]

Tata announced that he would not run for reelection in 2013.[3]

Early life, education[edit]

Tata was born and raised in Detroit, the son of Italian immigrants. He attended the University of Virginia, where he played varsity football and baseball. He was drafted in 1953 by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, but was cut in training camp. He returned to Charlottesville, Virginia to complete his B.S. degree in education and met his future wife, Martha Jeraldine "Jerry" Morris, while doing his student teaching.[1][4]

Tata served in the United States Army 1954–1956. He and his wife then moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where they both took school jobs. Tata later received an M.S. degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Virginia.

Coaching career[edit]

Bob Tata
Sport(s) Football
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1956–1957 Norfolk Catholic HS (VA)
1963 Apprentice
1965 NGranby HS (VA)
1967–1979 Norview HS (VA)
Head coaching record
Overall 3–3–2 (college)

Tata spent about 30 years as a teacher and guidance counselor in the Hampton Roads area; he spent a number of those years serving as a football coach at the schools where he worked. At his first stop, Norfolk Catholic High School, his teams were 8–81 in the 1956 and 1957 seasons.

Tata was the 19th head football coach at The Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia and he held that position for the 1963 season. His coaching record at Apprentice was 3–3–2. [5][6]

In 1965, his only year as head coach at Granby High School, the team went 10−1, losing only the state championship game.[4][7] He then coached at Norview High School 1967 to 1979, winning six district championships with an overall record of 101−32−2.[4][8]


Jerry Tata taught for 40 years, and served for four years on the Virginia Beach School Board.[4]

The Tatas had two sons and a daughter. Robert M. Tata attended the United States Naval Academy; he became a captain in the United States Naval Reserve, and a lawyer. Anthony Tata, a West Point graduate, rose to the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army. Kendall Tata went to the University of Virginia and James Madison University, and became a Virginia Beach high school teacher and track coach.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Virginia House of Delegates 2013; Delegate Robert Tata". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Re-Elect Bob Tata, Virginia House of Delegates, 85th District". Archived from the original on 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Bob (2013-04-03). "In Virginia reconvened session, Putney heads august class of retiring lawmakers bidding adieu". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Minium, Harry (2006-01-30). "Delegate says he is nearing end of his public life". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  5. ^ Apprentice Builders coaching records Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Apprentice School football timeline". Daily Press. 1920-12-27. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  7. ^ Molinaro, Bob (2006-11-23). "A feast from the past. Remember when?". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Career coaching records; non-active coaches". Retrieved 2012-12-10. 

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