NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Peekskill’s James Robnson Jr., the interim acting head coach of the Monroe College women’s basketball team, was appointed Wednesday by President Stephen Jerome as the team’s head coach.
"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 an assistant at Monroe for four years and has been acting head coach of the defending NJCAA Division II national champions since the beginning of the current 2011-12 season. The Lady Mustangs are currently ranked No.10 in the nation with a record of 24-5. Samera Marsh is Robinson’s assistant coach.
Robinson has been the basketball trainer for the Department of Parks & Recreation in Peekskill, where he coordinated basketball leagues and trained and mentored young athletes. As assistant coach at Peekskill High School in 2006, he was an effective communicator between the players and head coach.
"Coach Robinson has been vital to the remarkable success of our women's basketball program," Jerome said. "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."
Since Robinson began his tenure as an assistant at Monroe the women's basketball program has prospered. In his first season with the team, the Mustangs won the 2007-08 national championship and they repeated the feat last year. The team's record in his four-plus years is a remarkable 139-21 (.869).