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.
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25 — Turnovers forced by Central Oklahoma in its recent 72-55 women's basketball rout of Lincoln (Mo.).