Ravenwood hires Robinson as new girls basketball coach
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Ravenwood High School announced Matt Robinson as their new head girls basketball coach April 29, becoming the program’s fourth coach in school history.
Robinson is a familiar face on the Raptor sideline as he moves from being a boys assistant at the school from 2005-2012 to taking over the girls program.
“Matt was a key part of the boys success and I am excited for him to lead our girls program,” said Ravenwood Athletic Director Patrick Whitlock. “His dedication to the players and deep basketball background will be a huge asset. His ability to relate to kids will serve the team well. The future of our girls program is in good hands.”
Robinson has wanted to be a head coach for years now and had been looking for possible openings for the past year. When the Lady Raptor job came open, he knew it was the best of both worlds for him – being able to stay in a familiar place while getting to be a head coach for the first time.
“I’ve been in the building for eight years,” he said. “I have a good relationship with a lot of the students and the athletes here at school so I felt like it was a great fit for me.”
Despite having primarily been on coaching staffs for boys teams, Robinson has knowledge of the girls game through working several girls camps in the past.
He also turned to his high school coach for advice – someone who coached boys for 13 years before moving to coach girls for 14.
“I was able to lean on him a lot for advice and the subtle differences between boys and girls coaching,” said Robinson. “One thing that not only he’s told me, but other people have told me as well, is that you’re still a coach.”
His first order of business is putting together a staff of assistants, something he takes very seriously.
“Often times head coaches try to take on a ton of responsibilities,” Robinson said. “I really think to be really successful, if you look at the most successful coaches and programs from the high school level all the way to the pro level, they all have great assistants. Right now I’m working to put my staff together and that’s one of the things I’m most excited about – getting people around me that are going to care about the Ravenwood community.”
Robinson is a native of Franklin, Ohio, where he played basketball, golf and baseball in high school. He graduated with honors and earned several academic scholarships to attend Lee University.
While at Lee, Robinson worked as manager, student assistant and graduate assistant to the mens basketball program. During that time, Lee University won two conference championships and went to the NAIA All-Americans, eight All-Transouth selections, and one Transouth player of the year. Of these players, six went on to play professional basketball overseas. He graduated from Lee with a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in teaching.
After leaving Lee, Robinson taught at Walker Valley High School in Bradley County, and was the seventh grade coach for Ocoee Middle School. Following his year at Walker Valley, Robinson moved to Nashville and was hired at Ravenwood. He served in head coaching roles at the freshmen and JV levels while assisting with the varsity boys as well.
Posted on: 4/29/2013