Chester County promotes Steve Robinson to head football coach
HENDERSON — Steve Robinson said he had no idea he was about to be named head coach at Chester County High School.
All he knew was that the administration was going to announce a hire at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. He had a meeting at 1 p.m. It was no coincidence. Robinson was offered the job and accepted it.
“They said, ‘We want you to be the head coach here at Chester County High School. I said I do too,’” Robinson said.
Robinson takes over for Michael Hodum, who took the head coaching job at Fayette-Ware on Jan. 26. Robinson spent the last four years as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator.
Chester County principal Ricky Catlett said about 40 people applied for the opening.
“He’s a person that understands our expectations for our school and our athletes,” Catlett. “We had a lot of good quality applicants and we appreciate them showing interest in our school, but feel at this time he’s the man that can put us in a position where we need to be.”
Chester County went 4-7 this past season and lost to White House in the first round of the 4A playoffs.
Robinson said if the job ever opened he would apply for it because he’s been around the program for more than a decade. Before serving as Hodum’s defensive coordinator, Robinson coached at Chester County Middle School.
He also was the defensive coordinator for Hodum’s predecessor, Jeff Cupples.
“I’ve grown with these kids, many of them through our junior high program, so I’ve had them for quite a very long time,” Robinson said. “Anytime you’re around kids, you build that relationship with them and so there’s a little bit of emotion that goes along with that because now I get to see these young men grow and graduate.”
Hodum led the Eagles to new heights. In 2011, Hodum led Chester County to the state quarterfinals, the deepest run in team history. In 2014, Chester County won its first region title in the team’s history, which dates back to 1928.
It’s now up to Robinson to build on his success. He acknowledges it won’t be easy.
“I’ve got a big task ahead of me and I realize that,” Robinson said. “Like I said, I raised the bar. It’s going to be a lot of work. Again, it’s not about wins and losses with me. It’s about how you grow young men and what you try to build in their lives. And I think that’s going to show on the field.”
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