E.A. Sports Today

Changes at Faith

Robinson elevated to Faith girls basketball coach, Dawson to athletic administrator

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Chelsea Robinson couldn’t have picked a better situation for her first varsity head coaching job.

As Bob Phillips moves toward his retirement as headmaster at Faith Christian, changes are underway in the Lions’ athletics department.

Bradley Dawson elevates to full-time athletic administrator, making way for Robinson to become the Lady Lions’ new girls basketball coach.

In being promoted to the varsity position, Robinson gets to coach the program she played in – Faith Class of 2010 — on the floor she played on and with players she previously helped develop.

“I’m just thankful I was given this opportunity,” Robinson said. “I’m excited because several of these girls I coached before and I get to continue developing them.

“Just being able to coach on the same floor I played on is exciting. I feel like I have a connection with these girls because I’ve actually been in their shoes.”

Robinson had been the Lady Lions’ junior high girls coach the last three years. Her first team won eight games and made it to the semifinals of the county tournament. Last year her team won 15 and was ranked No. 1 in the county.

This past season was a rebuilding year of sorts as Bradley took six of Robinson’s players to restock her varsity team. The junior high team won four games.

“She was a good player in high school,” Dawson said. “She’s that prototypical coach who’s gone to school there, left and came back. This is a great opportunity for her to step up. I think she’ll do well. I know she’s excited.”

As recently as two years ago Dawson coached both Faith basketball teams, volleyball and softball as well as oversee the school’s athletics program. Doesn’t leave a lot of time for a growing young family.

He’ll “probably” continue coaching a fall sport and tennis while taking on more responsibility within the athletics program.

“It’s exciting,” Dawson said. “With always coaching three sports there’s never been a lot of family time. This move will help with that to ease some of the burden of always on the go. And being a coach of everything I was never the athletic director outside of the paperwork side of things.”

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