A tradition of consistency and excellence, that is how one might describe Rick Robinson’s tenure as head baseball coach at Young Harris College.
Robinson has led his Mountain Lions to eight conference championships, five Region XVII championships, and one NJCAA World Series appearance over the past 14 seasons. He has also won 649 games in 15 years as a college head coach, with 616 of those wins coming for the Mountain Lions. Forty of the Robinson’s players at Young Harris have signed professional contracts, with five making it to the major leagues.
During this period, Robinson has fostered an environment of excellence that extends beyond the field. His players are consistently high achieving in the classroom and active in the community. It is this combination of performance on and off the field that has made his players so well respected on the Young Harris College as well as in the college baseball arena.
Robinson came to YHC from NCAA Division I baseball rich Old Dominion University. In the four years as an assistant coach, ODU won two conference championships and appeared in two regionals. In 1995 at Florida State University in Tallahassee Fla., ODU was two wins away from reaching the College World Series for the first time in the school’s history. In 1996 Old Dominion finished the regular season ranked 19th in the Baseball America’s Division I poll and 11th in the Division I RPI poll before losing to Clemson University in the Southeast Regional.