The Road to 800: Robinson Retrospective - Three Victories to Go
With Saturday's win over Haverford, Robinson moved to within three wins of becoming only the 13th coach in NCAA history with 800 victories. He is also three games away from coaching in his 1,100th contest at F&M. GoDiplomats.com asked the coach to recall the top five memories on his journey. We will reveal one with each win, leading up to win 799. We'll take our turn at a tribute to the institution at the institution when Coach Robinson hits 800.
It is a list of accomplishments that is 40-years in the making. It is a list of accomplishments that is well known and well worth repeating. Franklin & Marshall’s Glenn Robinson has been named the NABC Coach of the Year a dozen times. He has posted 21 or more wins in 22 of his 39 seasons and has been to the NCAA Division III dance 21 times. Those 21 trips yielded 15 trips to the Sweet 16, nine appearances in the elite eight, five trips to the final four and one NCAA Championship Game appearance.
Perhaps most impressive is that Robinson has coached 263 players at an elite academic institution, with all but one of his letterwinners having earned their degree.
Robinson keeps elite company in the coaching ranks. Since 2004, he has been the most victorious coach in NCAA Division III. Only one other Division III coach, St. John’s (Minn.) has reached the 700-win plateau. Robinson is one of only 18 coaches at any level to reach 750 wins. This season, he moved past Lefty Driesell on the NCAA’s Career Wins list, and Eddie Sutton is within reach.
#3 – 1996 Elite Eight, Franklin & Marshall 107, Wilkes 70
“The last ten minutes of the first half in the game
against Wilkes was great,” says Robinson. “The game was
2-2, 4-4, etc, up to 12-12. We scored 26 straight points, including
a three-block defensive possession leading up to the final shot of
the half, which Mike Mehaffey nailed at the buzzer. Off to another
Jeremiah Henry, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, tied the F&M playoff-scoring mark with 32 points. Mehaffey earned a spot on the CC First Team and joined Henry as an All-American. Darren Sanborn was named to the CC Second Team while Chris Loftus garnered MVP of the Rotary Tournament.
1996 Final Four Program (.pdf)
The 1996 Postseason RunCC: F&M 72, Muhlenberg 59
CC: F&M 79, Gettysburg 67
NCAA: F&M 118, Salisbury State 69
NCAA: F&M 72, Lycoming 61
NCAA: F&M 74, RPI 58
NCAA: F&M 107, Wilkes 70
NCAA: Hope 76, F&M 57
NCAA: Ill. Wesleyan 89, F&M 57
|Captains: Henry, Mehaffey,