E.A. Sports Today

Another new coach at Donoho

Robinson comes aboard as Lady Falcons’ girls basketball head coach, assistant volleyball coach; also, spring football adjustments

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Chelsea Robinson was excited when she was promoted to her first head coaching job last year, but she never got the chance to coach the team.

She was really excited last week when the opportunity came around again.

Robinson has been named girls basketball head coach and junior high volleyball coach at Donoho. She replaces Destinee Briskey, who left for a coaching spot at Oxford.

Robinson was going to be the girls basketball coach at Faith Christian last year, coaching a group of girls she had mentored all through junior high, but left as part of the wholesale changes within the athletics department without coaching a game.

She spent this school year as an assistant basketball and volleyball coach at Westbrook Christian. She came to Donoho to help good friend Jamie Clendenin coach the volleyball program, then was approached about the Lady Falcons’ basketball post.

“I think everything happens for a reason,” Robinson said. “I think even though I was really excited about having that group of girls there, I think I needed that year to play against Sand Rock and Collinsville and seeing those really good programs in North Alabama. I think that’s really going to help.

“It helps me as a coach. I have even more experience behind me and I’m super excited about having that group of girls behind me.”

Robinson met with her new team for the first time Tuesday and is planning for a busy off-season.

“I was very excited to be getting varsity finally (last year),” she said. “This is even more exciting because it’s a new place, a new group and having that extra year of experience. I’ve been waiting for it a while, it’s finally here and I’m super excited for it.”

SPRING FOOTBALL: Spring Garden’s involvement in the state baseball playoffs has prompted some alterations in next week’s Calhoun County Spring Jam football games at Jacksonville State.

The Panthers were the invited out-of-towners to complete an eight-game field, but now Weaver, Alexandria and Ohatchee will play a series of round-robin halves May 16 starting at 4:30 p.m.

Even though Todd Ginn is expected to be confirmed as Alexandria’s head football coach Thursday night, interim coach Andy Shaw will direct the Valley Cubs in the games.

The May 17 games – Pleasant Valley-White Plains and Wellborn-Saks – remain intact.

The TV24 Gridiron Challenge at JSU gets underway Saturday: Hatley (Miss.) vs. Tarrant, 11 a.m.; Haralson County (Ga.) vs. Abbeville, 12:30 p.m.; Sumter Central vs. Boaz, 2 p.m.

The second wave of games is May 19: Cleburne County vs. Good Hope, 11:30 a.m.; Clay Central vs. Lawrence County, 12:30 p.m.; Clay Central vs. Gardendale, 1:05 p.m.; Lawrence County vs. Gardendale, 1:40 p.m.; Montgomery Academy vs. Callaway, 2:30 p.m.

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