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Malcolm G. Robinson
Hometown: Chunky, MS
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Coach Malcolm Glenn Robinson was a longtime championship basketball coach at Edinburg, St. Martin, Union, Magee, Starkville, and Forest. Coach Robinson was born in Chunky in 1931 and learned the game of basketball by shooting an old rubber ball into a buggy wheel rim nailed on the side of a smokehouse. Malcolm played basketball at Hickory High where he graduated in 1950. He was an All-State JUCO basketball player at East Mississippi Junior College in 195. Malcolm served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War from 1953 to 1956. He completed his college education at Mississippi College and began his 34-year coaching career at Edinburg in 1956. He coached boys and girls basketball at St. Martin in Biloxi, Union, Magee, Starkville, and Forest and he guided his teams to a conference title in every conference his teams participated in. He took 15 teams to North or South Mississippi tournaments and his squads won 8 district crowns and 9 conference championships in the Big Black Conference, the Little 10 Conference, Cherokee Conference, Central Mississippi Conference, Choctaw Conference, and the Little Dixie Conference. His teams captured 31 tournament championships. He led the Magee girls hoops team to the 1967 State Championship. His boys teams won 561 games and lost 296 while his girls hoopsters were 469-191. His longest coaching tenure was at Edinburg where his boys were 196-89 and his girls were 180-122 during his 12 seasons at the school. Overall, Robinson coached in 1,517 games and his teams won a remarkable 1,030 contest. He was named conference Coach of the Year 8 times by 7 different conferences. He was an All-Star coach in the MAC All-Star basketball game in 1960-61. Coach Robinson was recognized in 1968 by the Mississippi Legislature for his accomplishments and received a resolution of appreciation by the Leake County School Board in 1990. He was an active member of the MAC and community leader with the American Legion and the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He retired from coaching in 1990 to become a small businessman in Edinburg and to teach bus drivers for the State Dept. of Education. His coaching philosophy was memorialized in 1990 in a famous article in the Carthaginian: “He has done it all with teams that were very good and some that were not so good; some of his players were short of stature, some were tall; all of them had a good attitude, determination, togetherness, hustle, and a real desire to win. All of his boys and girls had to make passing grades. If they didn’t study, didn’t pass, didn’t learn, they did not play basketball. They had to be good students as well as good athletes. Most of his coaching has been in small schools, and his record disproves the idea that some people have that kids from small schools can’t play as well as those from larger schools.”