For more than a decade, Jennifer Villarin coached the Posnack Rams Girls’ Basketball Team. This past summer, however, Villarin decided to pursue her long-term dream of becoming a police officer, forcing her to leave her coaching job. Though the players were surprised by her sudden resignation, they supported her. Entering the new year, the girls were anxious about having a new coach for the first time in so long.
Posnack school gives a warm welcome to Coach Robbins, a basketball devotee who grew up admiring the sport. Robbins describes basketball as a “religion” in his hometown in Indiana. He explains how “of the fifty largest high school basketball gyms, forty-five are in Indiana.” His history with basketball, spanning 35 years, is one of experience and meaning. His passion for coaching began in the eighth grade when he realized he would not play basketball professionally. Coaching was an alternative to playing the game itself, and he decided to follow in the footsteps of his uncle who is also a basketball coach.
He began coaching at Muncie Burris Laboratory School in 1985 for the cross country and track teams. Naturally, the basketball coach asked if he would be interested in coaching the 7th-grade basketball team. After just two practices, he became the assistant varsity coach and eventually the head coach. Over time, he earned many more coaching jobs for various varsity boys teams. Throughout his years of coaching, Coach Robbins has stuck with one motto: “Listen, don’t anticipate.” He hopes to make the girls’ basketball team the best that they can be and to positively impact each individual player. As John Wooden once said, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
He replaced a legendary coach (Coach Press) in a high school in California.
He coached cross country and track for over twenty years.
He wrote a book called, “Blueprint for Basketball Success,” explaining the philosophy of coaching and steps to teach motion offense.
His favorite movie is Hoosiers.
His role model is John Wooden, a former American basketball player and former head coach at the University of California, Los Angeles.