St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland Director of Athletics & Recreation Scott Devine announced Thursday the final vacant head coaching position was filled with the appointment of Tyler Robinson as the next men's and women's tennis coach, effective Monday, August 31.
St. Mary's is providing Robinson with his first head coaching opportunity after working 12 years for the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River, Maryland. However, he is no stranger to the St. Mary's tennis program having spent three years as an assistant on the Seahawk coaching staff (2012-15).
"I am happy to announce Tyler as our head men's and women's tennis coach. Tyler's strong D-III playing career, coupled with his work as an assistant coach with our tennis teams and his reputation in the southern Maryland tennis community, really makes him an excellent fit for our position," expressed Devine. "I know he will come in here and build upon what is already in place, while lending his own coaching approach and leadership to both teams."
"Tyler's familiarity with St. Mary's College and the youth tennis scene in the area and throughout the region will allow him to step in and have success on the recruiting front which will ultimately help to bring our tennis teams to new heights in a league that features some outstanding tennis programs at the top of the conference. I really like what Tyler has to offer in the area of instruction and player development. We are excited for Tyler and his family to join the St. Mary's College community."
Robinson takes over a Seahawk men's team which reached the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Championship Tournament in 2014 while the St. Mary's women have made eight consecutive trips to the semifinals of the CAC playoffs. He inherits the team from Greg Shedd, who led the Seahawks to a combined two-year record of 27-34.
"I am very thankful and excited for the opportunity to take over as head tennis coach for the Seahawks. While serving as an assistant under Coach Miller and Coach Shedd, I've had the opportunity to see what a great athletics department and body of student-athletes are here at St. Mary's," stated Robinson.
The Leonardtown, Maryland native was a top competitor for fellow conference member, the Salisbury University Sea Gulls, from 2002 to 2006. A four-year starter, he picked up five All-Capital Athletic Conference awards between singles and doubles action. Robinson served as a team captain during his senior season and earned first team All-CAC honors for his singles play in 2006.
He played his high school tennis locally at Leonardtown High School while his mother, Cindy Robinson, taught tennis classes at St. Mary's as part of the College's Physical Fitness and Recreational Sport program.
Robinson served as a tennis instructor at the Breton Bay Country Club in Leonardtown from 1999 to 2002, providing group lessons for 4-16 year olds.
He graduated from Salisbury in 2006 with a bachelor's in computer science and a minor in mathematics. Robinson then pursued his master's in computer science at Florida Institute of Technology from 2007 to 2010.
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