TCU Track And Field: Robinson named new manager

Last week, TCU’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Jeremiah Donatiannounced that Khadevis Robinson would be the next director of athletics. Robinson returns to his alma mater, where he is in the TCU Hall of Fame and is still one of the most decorated student-athletes in TCU history.

The announcement comes a month after it was announced that the longtime director Daryl Anderson was leaving TCU. Anderson had served as director of athletics since 2004. During his 18-year tenure, Anderson coached nine national champions, 29 individual Big 12 champions, and had 62 athletes who received 104 All-American honors. At the time of the announcement, TCU fans were intrigued by the announcement. It seems Donati had a plan, and that was to bring Robinson back to campus.

Robinson was born in Fort Worth. He graduated from TCU in 1998. He ended his college career on a high, winning the 1998 NCAA outdoor championship in the 800 meters and anchoring the 4×400 meter relay team to a second-place national finish. He was inducted into the TCU Hall of Fame in 2009.

Most recently, Robinson served as an assistant track coach and cross country head coach for the past five years at Ohio State University. Ohio State has won a men’s or women’s Big Ten championship every year Robinson was on campus, including the 2022 men’s and women’s away programs, which set conference scoring records. In 2019, Robinson coached Julia Rizk to an NCAA championship in the mile race. Robinson also coached Nick Miller and school record holder Frank Hayes to the Big Ten championships in the 800 and 600 meters, respectively.

In addition to his time at Columbus, Robinson served as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at LSU (2013-18) and UNLV (2011-12). Robinson also had an impact on coaching beyond the collegiate ranks. He helped promote the careers of some of the rising stars of American track and field while coaching the likes of 2012 U.S. Olympian Duane Solomon.

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After college, Robinson enjoyed a distinguished professional career as one of the world’s top 800-meter runners. He represented the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and again in 2012 in London. He earned a spot on Team USA at the IAAF World Championships seven times while setting a lifetime personal best of 1:43.68 in his specialty event.

Robinson is a four-time U.S. Indoor Champion (1999, 2005, 2006, 2007) and Outdoor Champion (1999, 2006, 2008, 2009). He is also a six-time silver medalist in the 800 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships, including two runners-up at the US Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2004 and 2012.

Khadevis Robinson (USA) runs 1:47:17 in the Men’s 800m during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium.

Robinson won the 1999 USA Indoor Championships and was a runner-up at the World Indoor and Outdoor Championships. In 2002, he clocked the fourth fastest time in the world in the 800 meters in Finland with a personal best of 1:44:41. He helped break the American and world record for the 4×800 meters at the 2006 Van Damme Memorial with a 7:02.82. He concluded that year ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 7 in the world in the 800 meters.

“We are very excited and proud to bring Khadevis home,” Donati said. “He is a phenomenal asset on so many fronts to our athletics program and our campus. From his time as an active athlete to now as a coach, Khadevis is highly respected and known in the sport. He has a confidence factor with all the athletes he has coached. He is also a relationship builder who will develop a positive culture in our program, have an immediate impact on recruitment and engage our alumni and local community.

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