Khadevis Robinson


position Head Coach - Cross Country

Experience 7th season

Alma MaterRan the third fastest time in program history to place fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:06.30 at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 22-23). Texas Christian, 1998


Khadevis Robinson is in his second season as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at Ohio State. The Ohio State cross country team opened the 2018 season at the 36th annual Queen City Invitational hosted by Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky. The women’s team highlighted the effort for the Buckeyes, claiming first place as a team as they entered the competition ranked No.29 overall. The men’s team placed sixth, with a spread of just 26 seconds between the five Ohio State scorers. Coach Robinson had three athletes medal at the Outdoor Big Ten Championships. Ohio State was the favorite to win the conference title and the women’s track & field team delivered with a spectacular performance, scoring the most points of any team male or female with 126 to take the title and complete the indoor-outdoor sweep for just the second time in program history (last accomplished in 2011). It’s the first outdoor title for the women since 2012, and second-most points scored for the women, indoor or outdoor. Robinson had five athletes that qualified for the NCAA Division I Preliminaries and one to the championships.

Robinson is responsible for the training and guidance of Julia Rizk, who is a mid-distance specialist that holds the school record in the women’s 1500m run (4:13.70). She was also a member  of the school record holding 4x800m relay team that ran a collective time of 8:30.70, placed top seven in every meet she has competed in during the 2018-19 season and competed at the NCAA  Outdoor Championships in the 1500m run. Rizk placed second in the mile run at the indoor Big Ten championships and second in the 1500m run at the outdoor championships. During the 2019 indoor season, Julia had a strong finish at the NCAA Division I indoor championships and was crowned the National Champion in the mile run where she crossed the finish line at 4:37.63.

Annie Ubbing, a mid-distance specialist, has had 28 top eight finishes under the direction of coach Khadevis Robinson. These top finishes include placing fifth at the 2018 Indoor Big Ten Championships in the 600m run (1:29.99) and a third place finish in the same event at the 2019 edition of the indoor Big Ten Championships.

Aziza Ayoub, a member the winning 4x800m relay team that run a school record time of 8:30.79 has had an excellent performance under the direction of coach Khadevis Robinson. She finished second in the 800m, running a career-best time of 2:05.32 (fifth fastest time in school history) and anchored the third place 4x400m relay team, crossing the finish line at 4:34.09 at the Big Ten Championships. The mid-distance specialist represented Ohio State in the 800m at the NCAA East Preliminary, clocking in a time of 2:06.59 in the first round and finishing 13th (2:06.17) in the quarterfinal.Ran the third fastest time in program history to place fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:06.30 at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 22-23).

In his first 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 tremendous improvement as a whole under Robinson[apos]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 Olympics 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 4×400-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[apos]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.

Khadevis Robinson