2/19/2009

Robinson Dedicates 750th to Team, Past

  • http-blogs-fandm-edu-wp-content-blogs-dir-29-files-2012-04-basketball2-jpg Coach Glenn Robinson  
  • http-blogs-fandm-edu-wp-content-blogs-dir-29-files-2012-04-basketball1-jpg Kent Trachte (right), dean of the College, presented Coach Glenn Robinson with a memento in honor of his 750th career victory. Also in the photo are Kathleen Robinson and Patty Epps (left), director of Athletics & Recreation.

Last week, head coach Glenn Robinson became the first and only NCAA Division III coach to win 750 career games.

“I look at basketball as a team game, so individual awards are really for the team,” Robinson said. “The 750 wins are to honor all the players and assistant coaches throughout the years. I accepted it for them.”

The win over Ursinus College (87-81) on Feb. 11 also marked the program’s 1,200th victory since it began in 1899.

Robinson joined the F&M basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach in 1968 under Hall of Fame coach and athletic trainer Chuck Taylor. In the fall of 1971, he took over the Diplomats’ varsity program.

Robinson guided the Diplomats to the Division III Final Four in 1979, 1991, 1996 and 2000 and was named the Basketball Times Division III “Coach of the Year” in 1991. He has earned conference and NABC “Coach of the Year” honors 12 times, including the 2004 award for guiding the Diplomats to a 26-4 record, the Centennial Conference title and an NCAA Elite Eight berth.

The milestone adds to one of the best seasons the Diplomats (21-3, 14-3 CC) have had in years.

Not only is the team in sole possession of the top spot in the Centennial Conference, but the Diplomats are ranked 13th in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 national poll.

The team was on an eight-game winning streak until Wednesday, Feb. 18, when it lost to Gettysburg (72-60).

In spite of the upset, the Diplomats can still clinch the top seed for the Centennial Conference tournament, Feb. 28 to March 1, with a win at Dickinson on Saturday, Feb. 21.

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