The head of McDonogh lacrosse dynasty departs after nine consecutive IAAM A Conference titles and 177 consecutive wins
by Nelson Coffin
Chris Robinson, who guided the McDonogh School girls’ lacrosse program to nine consecutive IAAM A Conference championship and national record 177 consecutive victories, is no longer with the school.
According to a statement sent to parents of team by McDonogh School co-athletic directors Mickey Deegan and Matt MacMullan, “Chris Robinson is no longer teaching and coaching at McDonogh. His last day was yesterday.
“We are grateful for his contributions to the program during the past 14 years and wish him well,” the statement continued.
Robinson was a middle school teacher at the Owings Mills private school.
The abrupt nature of the departure comes despite the fact that Robinson’s daughter, Anna Robinson, is a senior who plays attack for the Eagles, who have won a national-record 177 consecutive games and nine consecutive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference titles with Chris Robinson at the helm.
He has compiled a sparkling 255-10 record in his tenure at the Owings Mills school. The Eagles have claimed nine consecutive mythical national championships.
In what has turned out to be Robinson’s final game at McDonogh, he helmed the Eagles to a 12-9 verdict over Notre Dame Preparatory School last May, capping off a 22-0 season during which his team prevailed in all five games against USA Today Super 25 rivals.
The 2017 All-USA (Today) Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year previously coached the sport at Mount Hebron in Howard County where his Viking teams claimed five state championships while amassing a gaudy 106-9-1 mark.
According to the statement from Deegan and Macmillan, Robinson will be replaced at McDonogh by longtime assistant Nancy Love, who “has agreed to be the Interim Head Coach.”
“Our plan is to launch a nationwide search for a permanent Head Coach who will start next spring,” the statement read. “Nancy is looking forward to working with the varsity players, and we are confident that she is the best person to lead the team during this transition.”
There was no mention in the statement whether defensive coordinator Scott Robinson, Chris Robinson’s brother, will be retained as part of Love’s staff.
Although he did not return phone calls on Wednesday evening, Robinson did post a statement on Facebook on Thursday stating that he had resigned his coaching and teaching positions at McDonogh “to move forward in my career.”
“During my 13 year lacrosse coaching stint at the school we took the program from a basement (dweller) to the best lacrosse program in the country for the last decade.
The timing, which came in the middle of the school year and just several weeks prior to the start of spring lacrosse practice created speculation among some close to the program that the resignation was not entirely voluntary.
Robinson, however, indicated that the decision was his.
“I have been made aware of rumors that have (circulated) because of my departure by some friends and colleagues,” wrote Robinson in his Facebook post. “Some of them are appalling to hear, but I guess in today’s society people automatically assume the worst. I assure you all, there isn’t any merit to these horrific claims.
“It was not an easy decision, but one that I felt was in the best interest of me and my family. The timing may not seem perfect, but many times when opportunity comes knocking it is not the ideal time.”
He did not expand upon what his new opportunities may be, but did indicate that he will focus much of his energy to building his own Robinson Sports Foundation, which operates club teams, tournaments, clinics and leagues, including the National Lacrosse League, a spring league for elite middle school club programs, to a national level.
Attempts to reach Deegan on Wednesday evening were unsuccessful.