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Kevin Robinson named Director of Golf at Young Harris College

By: Michael MacEachern

Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Communications

Young Harris College Director of Athletics Jennifer Rushton announced the hiring of Kevin Robinson as the Director of Golf for the Mountain Lions.

"I am thrilled Kevin has accepted our offer to serve as the next Director of Golf," said Rushton. "Kevin brings tremendous experience and success to YHC and is a relentless recruiter. Kevin will make an immediate impact on our golf programs."

Robinson comes to the Enchanted Valley after serving as the women's golf coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the past 12 seasons.

"As a native of the Smoky Mountains, I am honored and thrilled to return home and lead the golf programs at Young Harris," said Robinson. "The Enchanted Valley is a special place, and I want to thank Jennifer Rushton for the opportunity to return to the mountains I love, and to build golf programs that attract and support dedicated, hard-working, high-academic student-athletes as they prepare for their future endeavors at Young Harris."

Robinson led the Rose-Hulman women's golf team to three consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships from 2019-20 through 2021-22, including the team's first trip to the NCAA Division III Championships in 2021. The Fightin' Engineers came home 14th at national championship in 2021, marking the highest national finish ever for a Rose-Hulman women's sports team. Rose-Hulman also placed 21st at the 2022 NCAA Division III Championships.

The golf program has maintained a clear status as one of the HCAC's top programs by finishing first or second in the league every season since 2013-14. The Fightin' Engineers reached the Golfstat NCAA Division III Top 25 for the first time in program history in 2021 and have also received votes in the Women's Golf Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll for two consecutive years.

The women's golf team at Rose-Hulman completely rewrote their record book over the past four seasons, with highlights including:

  • low team 18-hole score (298)

  • low team 36-hole score (611)

  • low individual 18-hole score (69)

  • low individual 36-hole score (147)

  • the two lowest individual single-season stroke averages in program history (78.10 and 78.70)

  • swept the top five finishers at the 2020-21 HCAC Championship

The last four years also include the top five single-round scoring performances in Rose-Hulman history. Rose-Hulman has also recorded nine consecutive seasons with multiple all-conference honorees. Robinson recruited 26 of the 31 all-conference performances, including the past two conference championship players.

Robinson's golf career has included work as a senior assistant golf professional at some of the nation's top courses. His career stops have included Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, South Carolina, ranked 35th nationally by Golfweek magazine in its list of America's best classical golf courses; Lost Dunes Golf Club in Bridgman, Michigan, ranked 43rd by Golfweek magazine in its listing of America's best modern golf courses; The Bay Club at Mattapoisett in Massachusetts; Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona; and most recently, The Landings Club in Savannah, Georgia.

His playing career includes winning the 2002 Yeamans Hall Club Pro-Member crown, the 2002 Charleston Open Qualifier and the 2004 Lost Dunes Invitational. Other top finishes included a third place at the 2005 Hilton Head PGA Championship, seventh place at the 2005 Hilton Head Open, 11th at the Indiana PGA Monticello Open in 2013, 15th at the 2006 New England PGA Assistants Championship, a 34th place at the 2006 New England PGA Championship. His lowest competitive round was a score of 68 at the 2006 New England Open. Robinson holds four course records as a player, with a low casual-round score of 58 (-10).

A PGA of America member, Robinson earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Western Carolina University in 1999 and served on the PGA of America's President's Council on Growing the Game in 2007 and 2010. He is also a member of the WGCA and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association of America.

Robinson, who also served as an assistant coach for the Rose-Hulman women's basketball team, helped recruit the winningest class of players in program history in 2016-19. The team finished 91-19, made two NCAA Tournament appearances, won three straight regular season conference titles, and had the nation's longest active home-court winning streak at 38 games.

Over the past five years, the Fightin' Engineers have won the first three regular season conference championships in program history; won two HCAC Tournament titles; and reached the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2017 and 2018. The team has relied on a strong defense ranked No. 13 nationally in fewest points allowed in 2016 and No. 3 in NCAA Division III in 2017.

Rose-Hulman set a school record with a 24-4 mark in 2018. The 2017 and 2018 years included the longest winning streak in program history (22 games) and the second longest streak (18 games).

Robinson's coaching career contains significant accomplishments in both golf and basketball. Over five seasons as a basketball coach at Bluffton High School in South Carolina, he led the junior varsity squad to a 59-27 record. During his tenure at Bluffton, eight former players earned all-region honors, one player was named all-state and nine players went on to collegiate basketball careers.

Robinson married Dr. Michele Weiberg-Robinson in August 2016.

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