Robinson felt drawn to Lady Spartans head basketball coaches job
When Brooke Robinson found out the girls head basketball coaching job at Centennial was open, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to apply for the job.
Robinson had just finished her fourth season at a similar position at Cleburne where she led the Lady Yellow Jackets to a 28-9 season and the second round of the playoffs.
“I didn’t think I wanted to apply for the job because I had a good group returning at Cleburne including four starters,” Robinson said.
While at Cleburne, Robinson faced Centennial for three seasons in district play and knew the Lady Spartans’ program was run well.
Then a friend called and told her they thought with her style of play that she could do a lot at Centennial.
No matter how hard she tried, Robinson said she just kept getting drawn to the Centennial job.
Robinson decided to visit Centennial.
After seeing that just a handful of players were back from a team that went 20-15 and made the playoffs, Robinson felt coming to Centennial might be a good opportunity.
“I thought this is a good time to come here because if you are new and the kids are new it is easier to rebuild for the coaching staff and the kids,” Robinson said. “I knew that the Centennial job wasn’t going to be open long because it is a good place to be.”
Robinson will be the third coach in the history of the Lady Spartans’ basketball program. Centennial will be her second head coaching stop as a girls basketball coach. Before going to Cleburne, Robinson was the girls head track and field coach at Mansfield Lake Ridge.
In four seasons at Cleburne, Robinson led the Lady Jackets to the playoffs three times where her teams went 2-3. Overall, Robinson posted a record of 72-60 and 31-23 in district play.
Robinson played basketball and graduated from Mart High School, where her father, Terry Cron, was the head football coach. Cron, who retired in 2009, led three schools - Bartlett, Mart, and Commerce – to state titles during his legendary career.
Robinson went on to play two seasons at San Jacinto College before giving up basketball. She graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Lady Spartans just finished up summer league play at Saginaw Boswell. Centennial had a junior varsity and varsity team in the summer league. The
Lady Spartans also had two teams play in the 2019 TBC Summer State Tournament in Colleyville.
“They competed well,” Robinson said. “We only had seven players on the varsity team. We are still mixing and matching players with the varsity.”
Robinson said people kept telling her the program at Centennial is rebuilding and she understands that but she can tell from the dedication of the players in the program that things should go well.
“We don’t have any seniors on the team but I like what I have seen from them so far,” Robinson said. “I’m excited to be at Centennial. I think good things are going to happen here. I know that coach Wootan built a good program here.”
Offensively, Robinson said her offense depends on who her team is facing.
Most of the time, Robinson prefers to play a four-out system. Part of that style comes from the fact that she hasn’t been blessed with many true post players.
“I like for us to transition quickly and then try to run some kind of quick hitter,” Robinson said. “We are going to move the basketball around a lot and create scoring opportunities. I like for my squad to play team basketball.”
On defense, Robinson wants to play aggressively mostly in a man-to-man look. She also likes to press from time-to-time.
“We will adjust when we need to,” Robinson said. “When we do go to a zone we are going to be really aggressive. I like for us to trap out of the zone. My base is man-to-man.”
Robinson believes that a team runs a really good man-to-man defense that they will be able to stop a lot of teams.
“I’m not a fan of sitting back in a zone but sometimes that is called for,” Robinson said.
A perfect example of playing zone defense at times was Cleburne’s bi-district playoff game against Lancaster last season.
Robinson said Lancaster was faster and more athletic than her team so she and her coaching staff decided to use a zone against them.
“We said if they are going to beat us they are going to have to do it from the three-point line,” Robinson said. “We just packed it in the paint and said ‘no strangers in our house.'"
The Lady Jackets stuck to their game plan and won, 51-46.
“We have to be smart as coaches and honest about our players’ abilities,” Robinson said. “It is our job as coaches to come up with the best plan to go up against our opponents.”