Khadevis Robinson returned to Columbus for his second stint as head coach of cross country on July 11, 2017. In Robinson’s prior role with Ohio State (fall of 2012), he only oversaw the women’s program. Beginning with the 2017 cross country season, Robinson will now instruct both the men’s and women’s program.
Robinson most recently spent his last four years (2013-17) at LSU as the head coach of cross country and assisted with mid-distance to long running events on the track. During his time in Baton Rouge, Robinson coached two SEC champions in the 800m run, helped athletes set four school records, and earn three All-American honors. Robinson helped Blair Henderson (indoor 800m run) and Morgan Schuetz (indoor mile) set school records in their respective events. Schuetz played an influential role in helping the women’s distance medley relay earn back-to-back berths at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time in program history while also setting the school record. Robinson also helped the men’s distance medley relay set the school record during his time with the Tigers.
The aforementioned Schuetz (ninth place) and Henderson (seventh place) both earned All-America honors in the 800m run at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships. In addition to those two Robinson coached a freshman, Ruby Stauber, to a fifth-place finish in the 800m run at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships with a readout of 2:03.01, making her the highest finishing freshman in the nation in the 800m run. For her efforts through the indoor and outdoor seasons, Stauber was named the 2017 SEC Co-Freshman Runner of the Year; she had two runner-up finishes in the 800m run at the SEC Championships during her first year at LSU.
During the fall of 2015, Robinson helped freshman Dajour Braxton be named the SEC Freshman of the Year for cross country becoming the first LSU cross country runner in program history to do so. Braxton followed that up with a solid campaign in 2016 garnering NCAA South Central All-Region honors.
In his lone season with the Buckeyes (2012-2013), Robinson coached sophomore Katie Borchers to an Honorable Mention All-America finish at the NCAA championships and the school indoor and outdoor records in the 800-meter run. Janel Olberding also made great strides in her sophomore campaign, cracking the OSU all-time performers list in the 600 and 800 meters and enjoying great success at the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships. The young Buckeye distance team featuring only one senior showed tremenous improvement as a whole under Robinson's leadership, with a number of athletes setting new personal bests. On the cross country course, Ohio State placed sixth at both the Big Ten championships and Great Lakes regional as Meredith Wagner and Michelle Thomas earned All-Regional honors, with Wagner also collecting a Second Team All-Big Ten award.
Prior to Ohio State Robinson served as the head cross country coach/assistant track and field coach at UNLV from 2011-12. During the 2012 indoor track season Robinson led the Distance Medley team to a second place finish and Rebel athletes to first- and third-place finishes in the 800-meter run at the Mountain West indoor championships. During the outdoor season Robinson guided five runners in the 800 meters to the finals at the conference outdoor championships, including the gold medalist. He advanced one runner to the NCAA championships.
A four-time indoor (1999, 2005, 2006, 2007) and four-time outdoor (1999, 2006, 2008, 2009) USA champion in the 800 meters, Robinson also won an NCAA outdoor championship for TCU in 1998. Robinson has qualified seven times for the World Outdoor Championships as a member of Team USA. He is a two-time Olympian having competed at the 2004 Olympic in Athens and once again at London 2012. Robinson was runner-up at the USA outdoor championships six times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012). In his time at TCU Robinson won four conference titles in the 800 meters and also anchored the Horned Frogs to a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay in 1998.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Robinson is a 1998 graduate of TCU, where he earned an undergraduate degree in social work. In 2004 he received his master's degree in public administration from Cal State Los Angeles.
Robinson has spent the past decade training and competing while coaching athletes from all age groups. He has also spent time as a public speaker, an educator at Santa Monica Unified School District and as co-founder of a 501 c3 non-profit called The Youth Track and Running Club (YTRC), training and mentoring coaches for four years. He remains an active member on the board.
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