Dusty Robinson Named Rosman Football Coach

Dusty Robinson Named Rosman Tigers Head Football Coach
Posted on 12/17/2019
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The Rosman High School football team will be led in 2020 by former standout player and longtime multi-sport coach for the Tigers, Dusty Robinson.


Superintendent Jeff McDaris announced the move following approval by the Board of Education, “I am proud to say that Coach Robinson is first and foremost an educator, and a passionate advocate for students in every aspect of their lives.”


Robinson began teaching and coaching in Transylvania County Schools in 2008, and earned accolades with the Tigers as a potent lineman on both sides of the ball during his high school playing career. His senior year was marked by the Tigers earning the 1A Western Regional championship and his being named defensive player of the state title game.


“This is an exciting opportunity for me to help bring about change in a place that I care very much about,” said Robinson after the announcement. “For us to return to prominence will take a commitment from our students and community to investing in that change. We all have to be in this together.”


A member of the Rosman Tiger class of 1998, Robinson graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2003 and Western Carolina University in 2007, with a B.S. in physical education and concentration in secondary English. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school administration, also at WCU.


Coach Dusty Robinson heads up Rosman Tigers Strength & Conditioning, toward long-term goals and success

Principal Jason Ormsby looks forward to Coach Robinson bringing his vision and long-term approach back to the Tiger football sideline, and to the weight room.


“Dusty Robinson is from Rosman, he loves Rosman. He wants Rosman to be back in prominence, and he’s willing to do the work required to get there,” said Ormsby. 


“He also has a vision for the future, not just varsity football for this season. He understands all the little things needed for students to be productive in the long term, from playing multiple sports to hitting the weight room consistently, and putting their academic success first and foremost in their lives.”


Robinson recalled with fondness the change in atmosphere that resulted from success on the field, which he also said began far away from Friday nights and stadium lights in the fall. 


“What I remember most from my senior year is the excitement that came with winning every week, with people filling out the stands and the buzz in the hallways. But it takes nothing less than wholesale dedication to the weight room across the whole athletic department.

“We’ve started this at the middle school level, and the key for us will be to keep the ball rolling with that momentum. Our kids have no off-season as two- and three-sport athletes, and that’s the way it should be. They have to stay on top of strength and conditioning, and there can’t be any gaps if we want students to be competitive and successful.”


While an undergraduate, Robinson served as assistant coach for offensive and defensive line at Smoky Mountain, then taught P.E. and coached linemen for one year at East Henderson. 


Rosman Tigers Strength & Conditioning 2019

From 2008 to 2015, Coach Robinson coached the Rosman High varsity football offensive and defensive line and taught P.E. and English between Rosman Middle and High. During this period, he had stints coaching track and baseball at RMS, and coached track at RHS from 2010 to 2016.


During a three-year “sabbatical,” Robinson worked outside TCS and coached youth football, returning to the classroom to teach business at Davidson River School in January 2019 and assisting once again with the Tiger football team this fall. He currently teaches eighth grade English-Language Arts and Social Studies at Rosman Middle.


In his hallmark 1997 senior campaign, Robinson garnered honors at home and across the state including Smoky Mountain Conference Lineman Of The Year, Times-News Defensive Player of the Year, Asheville Citizen-Times Lineman of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Game in the NCHSAA 1A state championship.


Dusty Robinson and his wife Emily both graduated from Transylvania County Schools, and they live here with their two sons, Gus and Simon. 


As Principal Ormsby said, “Coach Robinson is a gentleman who played at Rosman, left for college, returned home, and made good. As he takes the reins, I believe parents and our Rosman community can take pride in having Dusty in charge of this program and our students on the road ahead.”


Robinson officially begins as head football coach on January 20, 2020. More information on Rosman High School, Rosman Tigers football, and Coach Robinson is available through their social media feeds:

Rosman High School Facebook Twitter
Rosman Tigers Football Facebook Twitter
Coach Dusty Robinson Twitter Instagram
Rosman Tigers Strength & Conditioning Facebook Twitter

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