Robinson Steps Down as St. Mary's Tennis Head Coach

Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland Director of Athletics and Recreation Scott Devine announced Monday morning the resignation of Tyler Robinson, who is leaving the Seahawk men's and women's tennis programs after six seasons. The Leonardtown, Md., native is leaving the coaching ranks for personal reasons and his resignation will be effective on June 30.

"It is with mixed emotions that I accept Tyler's letter of resignation. On the one hand, I am very sad to see him leave the Seahawk athletics family, but on the other hand, I am happy and supportive of his future endeavors. Tyler is an extremely bright person and he brought a high level of technical tennis coaching to our men's and women's tennis teams," expressed Devine.

Devine added, "He has led our tennis programs with integrity, dedication, and professionalism. Coach Robinson was also a valued colleague within our department, and I know our coaches and staff will miss working with him on a daily basis. Speaking on behalf of our department, we all wish Tyler and his family nothing but the best as he moves on to other opportunities."

Robinson's career at St. Mary's began in 2012-13 when he joined the coaching staff as an assistant coach, a position he held for three seasons before taking over as the head coach at the start of the 2015-16 campaign. During his head coaching tenure, Robinson guided the men's and women's (2) teams to a combined three appearances in the Capital Athletic Conference Championship Tournament while mentoring Jon Gorel '20 and Melissa Barall '18 to a pair of All-CAC honors.

He said, "It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of St. Mary's College tennis for the past six years. The leadership provided by Mr. Devine and Mr. Cranmer has created a great culture for the coaches and student-athletes at St. Mary's College. The support from my fellow coaches and the entire staff has exceeded my expectations throughout my time here."

The Seahawks demonstrated academic excellence as well under Robinson's leadership as the programs earned a combined 39 CAC All-Academic Team selections in three seasons plus eight ITA Division III Scholar-Athlete honors last season.

"I have had the opportunity to work with many bright, motivated athletes and I truly value the relationships I built with them. It has been an honor to coach here and I will look back on this time with nothing but great memories," continued Robinson.

A national search for the Seahawk men's and women's tennis programs' 16th head coach will begin immediately with the goal of having someone named by early to mid-August.

"A search will begin right away for our next head men's and women's tennis coach. I am optimistic that this position will attract a talented applicant pool. Our goal is to hire someone who will be a great fit for St. Mary's College, and someone who is ready to take the reins of our two tennis programs and build upon the strong foundation which Tyler has put in place. There is no doubt that the future is bright for our current and future Seahawk tennis student-athletes," concluded Devine. 

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