Robinson on the verge of becoming WC hoops coach

Published 11:26 am Thursday, March 29, 2012

Warren Central could have a new boys basketball coach tonight.

Greenville-Weston’s Bruce Robinson has been recommended to the Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees. The board will vote on the recommendation at its monthly meeting tonight at 5:30 at the district offices on Mission 66.

Robinson went 21-6 last season at Greenville after spending the previous nine years at Clinton High School. He also was the head coach at Madison Central in 2001-02 and an assistant at Yazoo City from 1991-2001.

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At Clinton, Robinson posted a 148-112 record from 2002-11.

Warren Central principal Jamie Creel said Robinson’s experience, past success and track record off the court made him the favorite for the job among the members of a six-person search committee.

“The programs he has implemented outside of basketball, getting the kids involved in reading programs and other things was a big selling point. That was something we want to be a part of,” Creel said.

Robinson, for his part, said Warren Central’s potential is one of several factors that led him to apply for the job.

“They have a successful eighth- and ninth-grade program. Kourey Davis is one of the best players in the state,” Robinson said. “Talking with the superintendent (Dr. Elizabeth Swinford), I like the way she talked about those being her kids. She does what’s best for the kids and is athletically minded.”

If hired, Robinson will succeed Chareck Cable, who was dismissed after only one season at Warren Central.

Cable had a 10-14 record, but served a five-game suspension when it was discovered he had conducted practices before the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s mandated starting date.

Warren Central was penalized severely. It was barred from postseason play, and the school district was fined $1,000 by the MHSAA. Cable’s suspension was implemented by the school district, not the MHSAA.