Mark Robinson steps down from head coach position
WASHINGTON – CUA Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Head Coach Mark Robinson has decided to step down from his position. Robinson has served as the Head Cross Country Coach for the last 13 years and Head Track and Field Coach for the last three. A CUA alumnus, Robinson was a two time national champion during his undergrad days and is the school record holder in the mile and 800 meters.
"We are very grateful for Coach Robinson's many years of service to CUA and our student-athletes," said CUA's Director of Athletics Mike Allen. "He has had a positive impact on countless student-athletes during his time on our coaching staff and his teams have always represented the university with great class. We wish him the best of luck in the future and hope that he will continue to stay connected with our programs."
During the 2010-11 academic year, Robinson led the Cardinals cross country team to third place finishes at the Washington & Lee Invite and the Hood College Invite, as well as a first place showing at the CUA Invite. On the track Robinson mentored Matt Zemba, who raced his way to the 400-meter championship at the Landmark Conference outdoor championship, in addition to a runner-up finish at the indoor championship.
In 2009, Robinson led the CUA men's cross country team to a pair of third place finishes at the Washington & Lee Invite and the CUA Invite, respectively. The CUA Invite was the first race that Catholic University hosted in over a decade and three Cardinals posted top-20 finishes, including Andrew Smith who crossed in second place. Smith later went onto earn All-Region honors.
Robinson developed runners that garnered ten All-American honors throughout his career. He aslo mentored 13 All-Conference selections in cross country, in addition to two-time CAC Athlete of the Year Michael Audette (2001, 2002).
Prior to becoming head coach at CUA, Robinson was the middle-distance and distance coach for the Cardinals, assisting the legendary Jerry McGee.
During Robinson's time as an assistant coach, the Cardinals produced scores of conference champions in distances ranging from 800 to 5000 meters, in addition to five East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) distance medley titles, and 12 All-American honors. Included in that list are Tom Caffrey, the 1992 NCAA Division III national 1500 meter champion, and Paul Drumgoole, two-time national runner-up in the 800 meters.
Robinson still owns a pair of school records at CUA, including the mile (4:07.6) and the 800 meters (1:46.00).