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Coach resigns to focus on family

Greg Robinson once said he could always resign from coaching, but he could never resign from parenting. With two sons ‘ Grant, a 5th grader at Corydon Intermediate, and Jay, a 2nd grader at Corydon Elementary ‘ becoming more involved with athletics, Robinson has decided to step down from his position as head coach of South Central’s boys basketball team.
Robinson, who, at 10 years, had the longest tenure of any boys varsity basketball coach in Harrison County, says his focus is now on family, which includes wife, Jill.
‘I could have coached there forever if all of the circumstances would have been right,’ Robinson said. ‘My boys play baseball in two different leagues now, and you want to be at all their things and you can’t. It just got pretty hectic. I knew I would do this eventually, but I didn’t expect it to be this year.’
Robinson said a physical education opening at Corydon Central Junior High gave him the opportunity to move his job closer to his home in Corydon.
Prior to coming to South Central in 1997, Robinson was a head coach at Shakamak, taking a squad that finished 0-21 in 1993 to a .500 mark in 1996. He left Shakamak with a record of 22-63. He finishes with a career mark at South of 131-92 (.587) and 153-155 overall in 14 years.
The first two seasons in Elizabeth resulted in a pair of losing efforts at 10-11, then 6-15. During the 1999 campaign, things began to turn around. South wound up 14-7 before vaulting to 17-4 in 2000. The next year, South was 15-6.
Despite numerous Southern Athletic Conference championships (including an unparalleled string of five undefeated seasons and just one SAC loss in six years) and several Coach of the Year titles, the trip of 2002, Robinson said, was the crowning moment during his tenure, both literally and figuratively.
The Rebels climbed to No. 4 in the Class 1A poll, were one of the top small-school teams at the Super Hoops Shootout (playing at Hinkle Fieldhouse) and captured their first sectional championship since 1974. They finished the season at 22-5, falling to eventual state runner-up Barr-Reeve in the Loogootee Regional final.
‘Definitely the sectional win,’ Robinson said, when asked what his favorite memory was. ‘That’s when you want to do your best, and that was just a great thing because it hadn’t happened in so many years.
‘Also, the experience of the four years Craig (Schoen) played, when we played tournaments in Indianapolis for two years and got to play in Hinkle. Really though, I’ve had 10 years of a bunch of good kids, that was probably the biggest thing.
‘I was blessed with having some really good players to coach, and working for some great people with Jim Crisp and the ADs (Mark Black, Jeff Hauswald, and Keith Marshall). I had great support there. I ran through probably some of the better players who ever played there at the school, so I was fortunate to coach that type of talent.’
After posting a solid mark of 18-5 in 2003, the Rebels slowly tailed off with records of 13-10, 9-14, and 7-15 this past season.
Robinson’s move was in the works in January, but with the recent resignation of Corydon Central skipper Randy Gianfagna, there were many who speculated that Robinson would fill the Panthers’ vacancy.
Nothing could be further from the truth, Robinson said.
‘The timing of that was just perfect, so I could understand why people would think that. I would never rule anything out, but right now I don’t think I’d want to do that,’ Robinson said.
‘I’ve had 21 years in this career and I’ve had my chance to do a lot of things, but I don’t want to try to do it again at the expense of my family.
‘I’m going to leave the door cracked, but right now I’m happy with the decision I’ve made.’
With the resignation, North Harrison coach Rick Snodgrass has the longest tenure among active local varsity coaches at seven years.