TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 1/18/18
Chris Robinson, who guided the McDonogh School (MD) girls’ lacrosse team to 177 straight wins and eight perfect seasons as mythical national champions, has left his post as Eagles coach to pursue other lacrosse interests.
His departure, first reported by IL Women Wednesday night and then by the Baltimore Sun, was announced by school officials in a letter obtained sent to “girls lacrosse families” by school officials Wednesday.
The letter, obtained by TopLaxRecruits, states “that Chris Robinson is no longer teaching and coaching at McDonogh School. His last day was yesterday. We are grateful for his contributions to the program during the past 14 years and wish him well.”
Responding to reumors that had circulated late Wednesday and early Thursday, Robinson issued this statement through the Facebook page of his M&D Lacrosse Club:
“Yesterday, I resigned from my position from McDonogh School as head coach of the girls’ lacrosse program and as a middle school teacher. During my 13-year lacrosse coaching stint at the school we took the program from a basement dweller to the best lacrosse program in the country for the last decade. By the huge media crush and the outpouring of texts, phone calls, and emails I am sure many are looking for an answer.
“I resigned my position at the school to move forward in my career. It was not an easy decision, but one that I felt was in the best interest of me and my family. The timing may not seem perfect, but many times when opportunity comes knocking it is not the ideal time. Building the National Girls Lacrosse League and Robinson Sports to a national level is a major goal for Robinson Sports and I am excited for this opportunity to use my experience in new ways.
“I have been made aware of the rumors that have circulated because of my departure by some of my friends and colleagues. Some of them are appalling to hear but I guess in today’s society people automatically assume the worst. I assure you all, there isn’t any merit to these horrific claims. So in this time of change for my family, I would ask that you be respectful of my decisions to move on in my career.
“I would like to thank the hundreds of people who have reached out to me and my family with sincere well wishes. All of your support has been unbelievable.”
Robinson also told the Baltimore Sun Thursday morning that his decision to leave the Eagles was to focus on building his National Girls Lacrosse League.
McDonogh has won nine straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championships and has lost a game since 2009. The Eagles have been ranked No. 1 in the country in every national poll for eight straight years.
Robinson had a remarkable record of 255-10 in his 13 years at McDonogh, which was in the B division of the IAAM when he arrived.