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Bob Tata

Bob Tata
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 85th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Julie Smith
Personal details
Born ( 1930 -01-27) January 27, 1930 (age 84)
Detroit, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha Jeraldine Morris
Children Robert, Anthony, Kendall
Residence Virginia Beach, Virginia
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession High school guidance counselor
football coach
Committees Education (chair); Appropriations; Transportation
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1954–1956

Robert M. "Bob" Tata (born January 27, 1930) is an American politician. A Republican, he has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1984, representing the 85th district in Virginia Beach.[1][2]

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

Early life, education

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

Bob Tata
Sport(s) College football
Current position
Team The Apprentice School
Conference Atlantic Central Football Conference
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1963 Apprentice
Head coaching record
Overall 3-3-2 (0.375)

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 8-8-1 in the 1956–57 seasons. Bob Tata was the 19th head college football coach for the The Apprentice School Builders located in Newport News, Virginia and he held that position for the 1963 season. His coaching record at Apprentice was 3 wins, 3 losses, and 2 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 22nd at Apprentice in total wins and 13th at Apprentice in winning percentage (0.375). [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 1967–79, 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 Tata, Jr. 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]


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