Northeastern State athletic director Tony Duck will introduce Rob Robinson as the school's new football coach during a Saturday press conference in Tahlequah.
Robinson has spent the last 12 years as an assistant coach at Washburn (Kan.). He was the Ichabods' offensive coordinator the previous four seasons. Northeastern State and Washburn are members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, an NCAA Division II power conference that had five teams ranked in the top 25 at one point this season.
“I didn't want to be a head coach just to be a head coach. I wanted to be at a place that has a chance to be successful,” Robinson said in a statement. “Northeastern State has everything it needs to build a quality program.”
Robinson replaces Kenny Evans, who spent six years as the RiverHawks' coach. Northeastern State had a 22-44 record under Evans.
Robinson, 36, is a native of Trenton, Mo. He played fullback at William Jewell College in Missouri, before spending time as a graduate assistant coach at Pittsburg State (Kan.), another MIAA heavyweight.
*The St. Gregory's men's basketball team won its first eight games of the season and made the NAIA rankings for the first time in 13 years. The Cavaliers, who were 8-1 at the time of their No. 19 ranking on Dec. 9, had not cracked the top 25 since the 2000-2001 season, when the team was coached by current ESPN basketball analyst Bryndon Manzer. The Cavs were No. 24 that season.
The next set of rankings is scheduled for a Jan. 6 release.
*Central Oklahoma has a good ballplayer in senior Josh Gibbs. The 6-foot-5 forward was recently named MIAA Player of the Week for the second time this season. Gibbs averaged 22.7 points and 15.0 rebounds in three wins; he scored 21 of a career-high 29 points in the second half to help the Bronchos come back to beat Southern Nazarene 82-78.
*Soccer player Raphael Bonelle of Mid-America Christian broke his own school record for most goals in a season. The junior midfielder scored 15 to complement a team-high eight assists. Five of Bonelle's goals were game-winners.
*Clarissa Cannon and Kami Bunch of Rogers State set single-game school records during a 76-73 loss to Newman (Kan.). Cannon, a senior forward, scored 29 points. Bunch added 14 assists; she is a sophomore guard out of Tulsa Washington.
BY THE NUMBERS
25 — Turnovers forced by Central Oklahoma in its recent 72-55 women's basketball rout of Lincoln (Mo.).
66 — Free-throw attempts by College of the Ozarks (Mo.) during its 111-109 home overtime victory over Mid-America Christian. Ozarks made 47. Mid-America Christian hit 30 of its 36 attempts. The NAIA men's basketball game featured 12 ties and 23 lead changes.
2011 — The last time a Cameron women's basketball player was named Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week until Lacy Reinke was chosen on Dec. 10. The former Lawton High standout scored a career-high 16 points to go along with nine rebounds during the Aggies' 66-61 victory over Northwestern State.
*Hannah Helker of Oklahoma Baptist earned All-America honors by finishing second at the NAIA Cross Country Championships. Helker, a former Edmond North standout, finished the race in 16 minutes, 57.99 seconds. Hillary Holt, the defending champion from College of Idaho, won in 16:48.13. The race was held at Rim Rock Farm in Kansas.
*Southwestern State tight end Ryan Corbin was chosen for the Beyond Sports Network All-America first team. The senior out of Newcastle led the Bulldogs with 78 catches for 914 yards and seven touchdowns. Corbin scored five TDs in spot duty at fullback and led the team with 72 points. East Central defensive back Fred Gaines and Central Oklahoma wide receiver Marquez Clark were second-team picks.
*Liam Madden, a sophomore midfielder for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, was named Sooner Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year. The native of Dumbarton, Scotland, had 10 goals and nine assists while helping the Drovers to a fifth consecutive berth in the NAIA Championships. He was also chosen NAIA honorable mention All-American.
*Daniel Ramirez of Oklahoma Baptist was named NAIA Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Month. Ramirez holds the best NAIA times in seven events this season, including a 47.43-second clocking in the 100-yard backstroke during the University of Texas Invitational. That time was also an NAIA record. The Hermosillo, Mexico, native set another NAIA record in the same meet, finishing the 100-yard butterfly in 47.58 seconds.
COMING AND GOING
*The Oklahoma Baptist men's basketball program added point guard Blake Nash, who is transferring from South Florida. Nash, who will be eligible in the fall of 2014, averaged 3.7 points and 1.1 assists in 34 games, most of those appearances off the bench. Nash signed with Texas Tech out of Williston State (N.D.) Junior College and redshirted a season in Lubbock. The 6-footer had offers from Oklahoma, Georgetown and Texas A&M.
*Panhandle State defensive back Sterling Dickens is transferring to Oklahoma Baptist. The native Texan will be a sophomore for an OBU football program loaded with underclassmen.