Lower Merion Soccer Alumni Association

Lower Merion Alumni Association  

Robert W. Robinson

Robert (Robby) Robinson graduated from West Chester University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In 1966 he accepted a teaching position in the Mathematics Department at Lower Merion High School. Ten years later Robby became the Chairman of the that Department.

 

He began coaching soccer at the J.V. level in 1967.  After one year he then became the head varsity coach.  In his first year as varsity coach, Lower Merion went 14-1-1, winning the Central League Title, the PIAA District 1 Title, and then defeated ELCO High School, from PIAA District 3, on corner kicks in Inter-District play.  Robby continued as the varsity soccer coach at Lower Merion for 23 more years, making him the longest tenured head varsity coach in the history of Lower Merion soccer.  During that time his teams had a combined record of 214-119-65, won 6 Central League Titles, 2 PIAA District 1 Titles, and 1 PIAA State Championship 1n 1987.  Lower Merion also played in two additional state championship games under the guidance of Robby in 1984 and 1988.  He was named the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1984.

 

 

In addition to coaching Lower Merion’s soccer team, Robby has also been involved in the growth of soccer on the local, state, and national level.  He is a co-founder of the Radnor Soccer Club.  He is also a co-founder, past treasurer, and past president of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association.  In 1972 Rob founded the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association (PSCA) and was their first Executive Secretary, serving in that position until 1979.  In this position,

Rob was instrumental in creating the first All State Soccer Team (1972) and the PIAA state wide playoff system (1973).  Also in 1972, Rob was elected as Treasurer for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and thus began a long and involved connection that continues to this day.  Rob served on the NSCAA Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 25 years as Treasurer (1972-92), Vice President (1992-95), and President (1995).

 

 

Robby continues to serve the soccer community as the NSCAA’s Convention Manager where he oversees their Annual Convention. He lives in Wayne with his wife Kate and has 4 grown children.