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Chris Robinson Explains His Decision To Leave McDonogh's Girls' Lacrosse Program

February 1, 2018
Former McDonogh girls' lacrosse head coach Chris Robinson made local headlines when he announced Jan. 17 that he was leaving the program he had led to a 177-game winning streak.

In an interview with Glenn Clark on the Feb. 1 episode of  High School Sportsline, Robinson said he left the Eagles after 13 seasons to focus on building his National Girls Lacrosse League, an elite middle school spring league for girls' club teams.

"It's been something that has been going through my mind for some years," Robinson said of his decision to leave the school. "And so it wasn't necessarily a situation where it was spur of the moment. I think, certainly, coaching at McDonogh and the streak and the players and the families -- it's all been incredible and wonderful. But on the flip side of things, I also had a business -- a lacrosse business that was starting to boom. The two factors, the two entities, were really running me into the ground."

Under Robinson, the Eagles have captured nine consecutive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "A" Conference championships.  

In addition to his coaching position, Robinson also left his job as a middle school science teacher at McDonogh to focus on the league and his business, Robinson Sports Inc., which conducts local girls' lacrosse leagues, tournaments and clinics.

McDonogh officials sent a letter to the school community last week confirming that Robinson was no longer teaching or coaching at the school.

Robinson said his decision to leave presented a "difficult situation" for his family. His daughter, a senior on the team, and step-daughter, a junior, remain at McDonogh.

"They understood that the opportunity was now," Robinson said.

After the announcement that Robinson would depart, rumors began to swirl about why he left. Robinson said he didn't expect such a massive reaction from the community but insisted his reasons for leaving came down to his family and his business. 

"With everything that's going on in society, rumors abound, and a lot of people just kind of assumed the worse because the timing of things," Robinson said. "… But I have seven kids to take care of and a big family and college tuitions and things of that sort. Working at McDonogh was great and it did great things for me, but I think anybody knows education is not a situation where you're going to set your family up for life. And I think with us going into the National Girls Lacrosse League and expanding Robinson Sports … it was time to move forward with the company and my family."

For more from Robinson, listen to the full interview here: