Crystal Robinson To Coach Murray State Women

TISHOMINGO - Murray State College Athletic Director Mark Hamilton announces reaching an agreement with Ex-WNBA player Crystal Robinson to be the Head Women’s Basketball Coach Designate.

Robinson is currently the coach for the McAlester High School Lady Buffaloes. Robinson will continue her job at McAlester, honoring her commitment to the school and players while beginning a transition to the college ranks.

During her first season at McAlester she has guided the Lady Buffs to a #8 ranking and 4-0 record. Robinson excelled during a stellar high school, collegiate and professional career. Her senior year she led Atoka to the 1992 state championship along with garnering WBCA All-American honors. She scored 25 points capturing MVP honors in the inaugural WBCA All-America game.

She attained NAIA All-American in ‘94, ‘95 and ‘96 as well as Player of the Year in ‘96, and NAIA Div. I Women’s National Championship MVP in ‘95 after averaging 30.4 points per game.

She currently holds the school’s single game, single season and career marks for most points and field goals made. Robinson is also the career leader in scoring average, 3 pt field goals made, steals and assists as well as the single game and single season marks for rebounds.

Following her illustrious career at the Durant school she was named Rookie of the Year with the Colorado Explosion of the American Basketball League.

Robinson was selected #6 in the inaugural WNBA draft by the New York Liberty playing six seasons before going to the Washington Mystics in “06 and retiring to become an assistant coach in June 2007.

Robinson was selected to the Daily Oklahoma Centennial Top 100 Athletes, coming in at #33. She has also been inducted into the NAIA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, being only the third player selected, the SOSU Hall of Fame and had her number, 40, retired by SOSU.

Seven weeks into his tenure as AD Hamilton scrambled to find a replacement coach at the end of the fall semester. Looking to elevate MSC Athletics to a new level Hamilton said, “We are taking positive steps to create a bright future for MSC Athletics and the entire MSC community. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Crystal on board and I believe this step to be a big one toward that future.”

Robinson will assume the head coaching role full time July 1, 2010, pending board approval.

-- Murray State College