More Than a Coach

By Danajha Clemons & Skyler Schmitt

The Ohio State Department of Athletics has many outstanding coaches on its staff. Included is one of the most successful middle-distance runners to ever step foot on a track, head cross country and assistant track coach Khadevis Robinson.

Robinson wasn’t aware of his running abilities until he was late in his high school career. His main focus and aspirations in life was to play football. The only reason he stepped foot on a track was because of the co-ed nature of the sport and to keep in shape for football.

When tragedy struck his family due to the passing of his step-father during his senior year of high school, Robinson knew the only way to go to college was through running.

“Where I’m from, just graduating from high school is a big deal,” Said Robinson. “To have a degree and travel the world is so far out there from what people expect. The only answer I can give people for my success is God. When it comes to track, I’m not that talented. I’m not the fastest. I’m under no illusion that some of the blessings I’ve experienced have come only from my hard work. It all flows from God.”

Khadevis had a successful career at TCU. In 1997 he won the World Athletic Conference outdoor 800m championships and in 1998 he won a NCAA outdoor 800 meter national championship.

Robinson started his professional career in 1999 and  placed second in the 2001, 2003 and 2004 outdoor USA national championships. In the years 2005-7 he took home the national championship in the 800 meter run.

After the 2012 Olympics, Robinson decided it was time to step away from the track and find another calling. Knowing that running and motivating others was something that truly made his soul happy, he began coaching.

"If you don't believe in yourself, you can borrow mine until your belief kicks in."

After being a well-known professional track and field athlete and coach, Robinson has continued to motivate and inspire others through his words and mentoring abilities. He has been through many challenges and lessons throughout his life and enjoys sharing those lessons with the student-athletes he feels fortunate to be able to coach.

“I’ve learned so much from Robinson..from how to present myself on and off the track to how to be successful post-college. There really isn’t one like him and I feel so fortunate to call him not only coach but mentor,” said indoor mile national champion Julia Rizk.