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From star player to generous donor and Foundation member

By Bob Madison - For the Chronicle | Oct 16, 2020


SHEPHERDSTOWN — When Robert “Bobby” Chuey II was a virtual coach on the floor, while playing guard for his father’s Hayfield High basketball team in Northern Virginia his sternest opponents were usually Mt. Vernon High, Robinson High and T.C. Williams High.

The elder Chuey (Robert H. Chuey Sr.) coached Hayfield after coming from the college ranks at West Liberty in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The 6-foot-3 Bobby Chuey II was Hayfield’s leading scorer and an excellent student. Playing in Northern Virginia at a large high school meant Chuey was often seen by Division I coaches and fielded his share of athletic scholarship offers.

As a senior at Hayfield, he scored 461 points in 21 games for a 22.3 ppg scoring average. Hayfield went 17-5 overall, including a 9-1 record in Regional regular season games. But the team lost early in the playoffs and Chuey’s high school career was finished.

His father was known well by Shepherd’s long-time coach Bob Starkey, who had played against West Liberty in a long-standing rivalry in the WVIAC.

West Liberty was recruiting Chuey and Starkey was just as adamant about bringing him to Shepherd.

Starkey eventually won out over the Hilltoppers, and Chuey would play three-and-one-half hours closer to home in Northern Virginia than he would have if he gone west to the Northern Panhandle and West Liberty.

As a freshman at Shepherd, Chuey was a starter, the same as he would be for all four of his years playing for the Rams.

He played from 1985 through 1989 and his four-year stand as a Ram left him as the school’s fifth all-time career scorer with 1,984 points. He was seventh all-time in assists with 390 and even as a guard was 13th all-time in rebounding with 558.

He left other indelible marks with his career free throw percentage (.858) and career three-point attempt percentage (.512).

Chuey was inducted into Shepherd’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

As the years flew by from 2000 until present day, he is now a member of the Shepherd University Foundation and has regularly gifted the school with monetary donations.

In a more normal fall/winter scenario, he often attends Shepherd home games with a steady regularity from his home in Virginia. His appearances at Shepherd basketball Alumni weekends are almost a formality.

Chuey has literally gone from being a much-valued recruit to being a career basketball icon to being a business-minded member of the Shepherd University Foundation to being an appreciated donor to the scholarship money the school has to offer.