Robinson steps down, SOSU looks for new basketball coach

After 20 years at the helm, Tony Robinson is stepping down as head basketball coach at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Robinson announced his resignation today.

Robinson, a 1976 graduate of Southeastern, returned to his alma mater in 1991 after serving as a head coach at the high school level in Oklahoma for 11 years.

During his career at Southeastern, Robinson-led teams captured a pair of Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference championships in 1996 and 1997, and earned three trips to national post-season tournaments, twice to the NAIA tournament and once to the NCAA tournament.

His 1997 squad posted a 27-4 record and finished with a No. 5 national ranking, just slightly edging out the 2006-07 team that finished 27-5 with a No. 9 ranking.

Robinson’s career record at Southeastern was 260-294.

“We deeply appreciate the many contributions that coach Robinson has made to the University and to its student-athletes over the past 20 years,” said Southeastern Director of Athletics Keith Baxter. “His place in Savage Storm basketball history is secure, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors. I anticipate that we will move forward quickly as we begin the process of hiring a new coach.”

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  • by SE Fan Location: Durant on Mar 8, 2011 at 08:46 PM
    I have been a fan of Southeastern basketball and I can't imagine anyone representing Southeastern anyone better than Coach Robinson. Durant citizen, I dispute your comments and I really doubt you're a Durant citizen.
  • by SE fan Location: Durant on Mar 1, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    Durant Citizen, Really?? He has needed to go for 4 years?? I believe 4 years ago he lead his team to the Regional finals. Yes, he has had some rough years since then, but thats how the game goes, you have to rebuild. As for his son, Will Robinson, he has represented SE so well during his career. He not only played basketball, but he has helped the community by volunteering (my child benefited from that as did many others) and has helped his university by being a part of several organizations. I think you need to do a little research before you hate on a man that has given the last 20 years of his life to SE. He is most definetly NOT an embarrassment to SE or to this community!! Best of luck Coach Robinson!!
  • by Former SOSU basketball player Location: Texas on Mar 1, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    As a former player of Coach Rob's, I just want to thank him for his contribution to Durant and to SOSU. I'm sure there will be plenty of people that are happy to see him go, but there are alot more that are sad but want the best for him! He taught me so much about life as well as the game of basketball. He has had some rough times the last 4 yrs, and cutting players after only winning 5 games is what any good coach would do. I know some of those players who were cut and they still have alot of respect for Coach Rob like so many of us do. So I couldn't disagree with you more Durant Citizen, Coach Rob is a stand up guy and has definetly made his impact on SOSU basketball history. 20 years is a long time, his loyalty to SOSU and the game of basketball will always be remembered. Best wishes Coach Rob, we will miss you!
  • by Durant Citizen on Mar 1, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    FINALLY!!!!!! This man has neede to go for 4 years. He was an embarassment to Durant and the Storm. How many attend the games? They had to lose money when they played. He cut players and blames them instead of looking in the mirror. He showed his true colors a few years back when basically the entire team was cut and their scholaraships pulled except 2 players and his son. Seems weird to me.
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