Green Hope girls basketball coach Mike Robinson had a philosophy and he stuck by it.
“(Passion) starts from the head coach,” he said. “If you have it, then the girls will have it.”
When Robinson didn’t feel up to maintaining his end of the deal after his 25th year of coaching, he resigned after six seasons as Green Hope’s girls basketball coach – the most successful run in the Falcons’ program history.
“I decided it was time,” he said. “The energy level is not there and it’s time for someone else to take over. I didn’t want to start a season not having enough to make it through. I think the girls deserve a lot more than someone just going through the motions.”
Robinson went 137-33 in six seasons. His teams reached the playoffs in all six years and won four conference titles and three conference tournaments.
His 2009-10 team reached the 4A championship game undefeated before falling to Butler High (Matthews, N.C.). His 2011-12 team reached the East regional semifinals.
Prior to his arrival, Green Hope had just one playoff appearance and had never been to the second round.
“It’s been a great run. It’s been enjoyable,” Robinson said. “The girls have been great. The ones that have come through, the ones I coached last year and the ones I coached the last several years – it’s been an honor to coach them.”
Robinson had also coached softball at Green Hope, and he was the head varsity baseball coach at Eastern Alamance for 13 years.
Robinson has coached boys golf at Green Hope since the 2011 season and will continue to do so.
But his time with the girls basketball team will leave a mark, he said.
“It was a family thing,” Robinson said. “I think I’ve learned a lot from coaching girls basketball and I hope they learned something from me, not just about basketball but about life.”