EAST GREENSBORO – When North Carolina A&T manages the women’s basketball coach Tarell Robinson When asked on a podcast three weeks ago how he would react to becoming the program’s all-time top coach, he stated there would be no partying.
“I’m one of those people who wants to know what’s next. Once I get that out of the way, what’s the next number,” Robinson said on Facebook Live. “Until I’m done with that, I won’t be resting on my laurels. I want to keep trying to be the best.”
While it’s easy to believe that a man like Robinson has that mentality. After all, he’s the same man who joined the office of Patricia Cage-Bibbs, former head of women’s basketball coaching at A&T, in 2005 as an assistant high school boys’ basketball coach at High Point Andrews. Twenty minutes later, he persuaded her to make him assistant women’s basketball coach at his alma mater.
Why wouldn’t a 44-year-old player with three NCAA appearances, three conference tournament championships, four regular-season championships and three postseason WNIT appearances believe the sky’s the limit?
But after A&T’s convincing 89-38 win over Mid-Atlantic Christian Tuesday night at the Corbett Sports Center, one could sense in a happy, grateful and playful Robinson that a little party was underway.
With the win, Robinson tied Tim Abney with his 191st win at Aggieland for most coaching wins in program history. Robinson will go record-breaking next week in Orangeburg, SC when the Aggies take on former Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) SC State on Tuesday, November 22 at 8 p.m.
“The university and the people who work here mean so much to me,” said Robinson, a men’s basketball player at A&T from 1997-1901. “Getting to this point affects the young women who have played for me. It’s about the coaching staff.
It’s about my family who sacrificed so much so that I could spend time at university. So this is a special moment and a special time. And the young women I’m going through this with right now, I appreciate them too.”
One of these young women is named D’Mya Tucker. Tucker finished one assist short of a triple-double as she amassed 13 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists and three steals on 6-for-13 shooting. She also set career highs in rebounds and assists.
Three other players posted double-digit results, led by the second Jordyn Dorseys 16 points in 7v13 shooting. Talia Davis added 13 points in 6-for-9 shooting and junior Maleia Bracone ended with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Whether Robinson would tie Abney Tuesday night was never in question after the Aggies had a 16-0 run that started at the 5-15 mark of the first quarter and only ended when the Aggies were 31-11 with 9: 18 leads remain in the second quarter.
“It would mean a lot to us to help him get that record,” said Tucker, who along with Levossie TaylorHe’s been with Robinson longer than any other player on the squad. “It’s great to see these things happening for Lady Aggies and him too.”
Robinson is in his 11th season at A&T. He equaled the record in his 300th game he coached. Abney coached 363 games at A&T. Robinson’s 0.637 win ratio is also the best in program history.
“It was good that 191 was the way it was. It was an easy 191,” said Robinson.
Robinson won his 100th game at Corbett on Tuesday. If the Aggies win at SC State, it will give him his 192nd win and put him at the top of all other female basketball coaches to have ever sat on the bench. Meanwhile, only two other people who have coached basketball at A&T have ever guided the Aggies to 200 wins, and their names grace the court at Corbett in Cal Irvin and Don Corbett.
But even when he gets there, Robinson will probably still ask… What’s the next number?