Khadevis Robinson

Khadevis Robinson - Men's Cross Country - Ohio State Buckeyes
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position Head Coach - Cross Country

Alma Mater Texas Christian

Ohio State’s cross country program is led by two-time Olympian and one of the top coaches and trainers in the country in Khadevis Robinson. The Texas native is in his second stint with the Buckeyes and the 2021-22 season is his fifth with the program.

Robinson’s first season at Ohio State was in 2012-13 where he was the cross country head coach and assistant track & field coach. He guided then sophomore Katie Borchers to school records with PRs of 2:06.95 indoors and 2:05.56 outdoors while also earning a place in the national semifinals at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

He also coached a young Buckeye squad to great success during the 2012 cross country season as Ohio State claimed a pair of sixth-place team finishes at the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. That included junior Meredith Wagner and sophomore Michelle Thomas earning all-region honors and Wagner adding a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection for her performance.

After a stop at LSU, Robinson returned prior to the 2018-19 and assumed the same role he previously held. In 2018-19, he guided the women’s cross country team to a pair of first place finishes and a seventh place showing at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The men’s team also added a win at the Golden Eagle Invitational.

On the track, Robinson played a big role in guiding Julia Rizk to a tremendous season. Rizk was 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. She also 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.

The 2019-20 cross country season was a great year for the Buckeye women as Robinson led them to five Top 5 finishes, including a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. That performance qualified the team for the NCAA Championship for the third time since 2014 where they would go on to finish 23rd. Seven different runners notched personal bests times at either the Big Ten Championship or the Great Lakes Regional. The men had three Top 5 finishes and took ninth at the Great Lakes Regional.

Collegiate Coaching outside of Ohio State

Robinson served as the head cross country coach/assistant track and field coach at UNLV in 2011-12 and held the same title at LSU from 2013-2018.

At UNLV, Robinson guided the Runnin’ Rebels to a successful 2012 campaign in which standout Kelsey Williams swept Mountain West Conference championships in the women’s 800 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Brett Zorich, the 2012 Mountain West Indoor bronze medalist, also qualified for the 800-meter semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while earning a 13th-place finish nationally with a personal record of 2:04.54 in the event.

During his time in Baton Rouge as an assistant at LSU over the past four seasons, Robinson coached two SEC champions, helped runners 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 tenure in Baton Rouge.

The aforementioned Schuetz (ninth place) and Henderson (seventh place) both earned All-America honors in the 800m run at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships this spring. 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 throughout 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 on campus.

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 Regional All-Region honors.

Professional Career

Robinson had a distinguished professional career as one of the world’s premier 800-meter runners in which he represented the United States at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and London in 2012. Robinson also earned his spot on Team USA at the IAAF World Championships a total of seven times while setting a lifetime personal best of 1:43.68 in his specialty event.

Robinson is one of the most accomplished middle distance runners in USA Track & Field history while winning four U.S. Indoor titles in 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and four U.S. Outdoor titles in 1999, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He is also a six-time silver medalist in the 800 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships, including a pair of runner-up finishes at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2004 and 2012.

He has also helped foster the careers of some of USA Track & Field’s rising stars while coaching the likes of 2012 U.S. Olympian Duane Solomon early in his professional career.

At TCU

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Robinson was a multiple NCAA National Champion at TCU and earned his undergraduate degree in Social Work in 1998. He was a multiple Big 12 Champion in the 800 meters and the 4×400 meter relay. During Robinson’s senior campaign, he won the NCAA title in the 800 meters, anchored the 4×400 meter relay team that finished runner-up and was named the TCU Male Athlete of the Year. Robinson later earned his master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles in 2004.

Personal

After his professional career, Robinson continued to motivate and inspire others through his speaking and mentoring abilities. His message speaks to the Inner Olympian in all of us and he feels that everyone has an Olympic size goal that awaits to be ignited.

He co-founded the YTRC (Youth Track and Running Club) in Santa Monica, which is a 501 c3 non-profit organization serving youth in Santa Monica, Malibu, and Beverly Hills. Robinson was also awarded the Doherty Fellowship to do research. He also served as a president of the TFAA (Track and Field Athletes Association).