Franklin & Marshall will honor a pair of coaching legends this fall when Patricia S.W. Epps and Glenn Robinson join the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, during True Blue Weekend.
Epps, who is retiring in June after 41 years at F&M, has served as athletic director since 2007 following a distinguished career as the Diplomats’ tennis and squash coach. She became the first woman in the College’s history to hold the position of director of athletics and recreation.
Under her leadership, 138 student-athletes have been named All-Americans, 37 teams won conference championships, with 51 NCAA Tournament Berths and eight teams advancing to the Final Four. The women’s lacrosse program won the NCAA Division III championship in 2007 and 2009.
As a coach, Epps led the tennis team to 11 conference championships in 30 years. Two of her tennis teams made Final Four appearances. Her 389 career victories are both a school record and Centennial Conference record.
Epps also served as the College’s women’s squash coach for 22 years. Her 1989 team was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation. She was the president of the Intercollegiate Women’s Squash Association for six years and was the first recipient of the College Squash Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Robinson retired in November as the most victorious coach in NCAA Division III men’s basketball history with 967 victories, which ranks third all-time among all NCAA divisions of men’s college basketball. He led the Diplomats to the NCAA Division III Tournament 25 times, with 44 tournament victories. F&M advanced to the Sweet 16 on 17 occasions and the Elite Eight in 10 postseasons.
He guided the Diplomats to the Final Four in 1979, 1991, 1996, 2000, and 2009 and was named Basketball Times Division III Coach of the Year in 1991 and D3hoops.com Coach of the Year in 2009. He has earned NABC and conference Coach of the Year honors 12 times.
Players flourished under Robinson’s guidance during his half-century at F&M. Diplomat student-athletes earned 26 All-America honors, 93 All-Conference selections, 17 Conference Player of the Year Awards, and five Academic All-America certificates; 35 players reached the 1,000-point milestone. During his tenure, all but three players to earn a varsity letter have earned a degree, a statistic which few other colleges in the nation can boast.
Robinson’s 1995-96 squad earned a school-record 29 wins, capping the most successful 10-year run in F&M men’s basketball history—a span in which the Diplomats averaged 25.7 wins and just 3.7 losses per season.
Robinson became the all-time wins leader in Division III history by recording his 667th victory on Feb. 14, 2004, with a Mayser Center win over Muhlenberg. He is one of only four coaches in NCAA history to amass 900 wins. In 2008-09, he became only the second Division III coach to reach 1,000 games on the bench.
Epps and Robinson comprise the 39th class of the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame, which includes 259 individuals and 17 teams.