NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Monroe Colleges womens basketball team has a new coach.
School president Stephen Jerome recently named James Robinson Jr. as head coach of the team. Robinson had been an assistant coach there the past four years and was acting head coach of the team since the start of the 2011-12 season.
"The Monroe family accepted me since the first day that I came here," Robinson said. "I'm so excited to be part of this outstanding program that receives tremendous support from the college administration and entire Monroe community. We're going to continue to stress the things that build winners on and off the court."
Robinson has been part of the Mustangs staff during a period of great success. The Mustangs won the NJCAA Division II national championship in 2007-08, his first season with the team, and did so again last season. The Mustangs have amassed an astonishing 139-21 (.869) record in his time there.
Jerome said Robinsons winning ways are not the only reason for his appointment to head coach.
"Coach Robinson has been vital to the remarkable success of our women's basketball program," said President Jerome. "I'm most impressed that as acting coach he emphasized academics to his players. So not only have they won basketball games, but he's guided them to develop skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. This is at the core of our philosophy and clearly Coach Robinson has embraced it."
Robinson has coached basketball at some level for 25 years. He was the basketball trainer for the Department of Parks & Recreation in Peekskill, where he organized basketball leagues and trained athletes. He was also the assistant coach at Peekskill High School in 2006.
From a report by Monroe College Athletics/Gary Axelbank
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