The Edgar Randall Basketball Camp (formerly known as Flying Eagles Basketball Camp) started in the summer of 1993 with less than a handful of campers. Since then over 1,000 young people have laced up their sneakers as camp participants. Coach Randall transitioned to Heaven on January 24, 2019, but he had already prepared his eldest son, Brandon, to pick up the whistle and keep the camp running. Coach led the camp for 25 consecutive years.
Edgar Wilfred Randall was born on September 26, 1957, in Williamsburg, VA, to the late Wilfred and Courtney Braxton Randall. He was educated in the York County School System, graduating from York High School in 1975. He furthered his education on a basketball scholarship at West Virginia State University (WVSU), where he also met the love of his life, Belinda. In 1979, he received his B.S. degree in Physical Education and Safety. He and Belinda were married the following year on June 28, 1980. While at WVSU, he garnered many honors, including Academic All-American, all W.V.I.A.C, Mr. West Virginia State, and Outstanding Senior Athlete. Upon completion of his career at State, he was selected to play in the Southern California Pro Summer League, sponsored by the NBA, as a free agent. In 1998, he was inducted into the West Virginia State “W” Club Hall of Fame. He also received a lifetime achievement award from the Peninsula Sports Club in 2018.
He returned to his Alma Mater and took the helm as the Director of Intramurals after pursuing his dream of professional basketball. Over the next 13 years, Randall would hold several positions in the Athletics Department, including Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Assistant Golf Coach, Sports Information Director, and Assistant to the Athletic Director. He also faithfully and proudly served in the United States Army Reserve, retiring as a Captain.
In 1993, his dad suffered a stroke, and Randall moved his family to Williamsburg so he could care for him. He was employed by Williamsburg Christian Academy (WCA) in 1994 as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. In 2004, Randall left WCA and accepted a teaching position with Williamsburg James City County (WJCC) Public Schools at Toano Middle School. He would later move to Warhill High School, and his most recent post was at Lois Hornsby Middle School.
Since his return to the Williamsburg area, he has served as an Area Director for the Boo Williams Summer League AAU Basketball Program, an Assistant Basketball Coach at Bruton High School (winning a State Championship in 2000), Head Basketball Coach at Toano Middle School, and Head Basketball Coach at Hornsby Middle School. He has also served as the Golf Coach at Warhill High School. Overall, Randall taught, mentored, and coached for over 38 years, impacting the lives of thousands of students.
Coach was also very active in the community. He was a Deacon, Men’s Ministry Leader, and Men’s Chorus Director at New Zion Baptist Church in Williamsburg, VA. He was an active member of the WVSU Greater Williamsburg Alumni Chapter and Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. When he was not at school, a gym, or church, you would likely find him either on the golf course or on a Warhill Baseball field umpiring (which he faithfully did for nearly 25 years). He also found great joy in traveling with his wife to support their sons who competed in stadiums and arenas all over the country.
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved bride and best friend of 38 years – Belinda Fulton Randall, two sons – Brandon (Monique) and Bryan (Amber), one sister – Raynaide Randall Carson (Sam), four granddaughters – Amari, Ayla, Ambryell, and Abigail, two grandsons – Isaiah and Bryan, Jr., a Goddaughter – Kai Howard, a special Mom-in-Christ – Doris Rainey, and an army of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.