Brandon Robards is a Central High School Class of 1996 graduate and owner of two manufacturing companies: Ace Extrusion and Pipe ConX. He and his wife Kathy (daughter of former Central teacher Don McVey and a graduate of Central’s 1997 class) live in Evansville with their four children. In his time at Central, Brandon lettered in soccer and football, and participated in basketball, wrestling, and Academic Superbowl. We asked Brandon about some of his favorite coaches and memories of his time in Central athletics, as well as his favorite teachers. Here’s what he told us:
“My favorite coach was Greg Harris, my soccer coach. He was always encouraging and knew how to get the most out of us in a positive way. One year, when we won the sectional title, we went to dump the ice water on his head, but it was completely frozen solid, so we almost knocked the guy out!
My favorite teachers were Elizabeth McGovern and Cheryl Funkhouser. They were some of the toughest I had, but they helped prepare me for the next level of study.”
Brandon’s adventure as a business owner began when the father of his business partner invested in a small company and needed a person to run it. That’s where Brandon came in. For a year, he would work for free at Ace Extrusion, then head into his second shift job to earn a paycheck. Brandon developed his experience over the years and became the owner of Ace in 2012. He was able to buy out the original investor to allow them to retire in 2019
Today, Brandon coaches wrestling at Central, is an elder in his church, Family Bible Church, and is active in the Central High School community in support of his children. Luke Robards, a senior at Central as of this publication, and Beau Robards are both students at Central, and Jack and Bekah Robards both attended North High School, so it’s safe to say the Robards family is an EVSC Family.