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NCAA Jun 30, 2022

Western Michigan University hires Lewis Robinson as women’s soccer head coach

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics Dan Bartholomae have announced the hiring of Lewis Robinson to the position of head women’s soccer coach.

Robinson becomes the eighth head coach in program history, joining WMU after four seasons at the helm at Aquinas College. He won two Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships, made three appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and achieved the program’s first-ever Top 10 national ranking.

He also has extensive experience at the youth level, where he was the executive director of Midwest United FC. Under his guidance the program won eight state championships, two regional championships and two National Championships. Robinson served as the head girls soccer coach at Grandville High School, turning the program into a powerhouse with three district championships, two regional championships and one state finals appearance.

“The exceptional work Lewis has done at both the high school and intercollegiate level of women’s soccer within the State of Michigan has made him a nationally recognized leader,” said Bartholomae.  “While the competitive results speak for themselves, Lewis is also admired by colleagues as a coach that builds a strong culture, develops young women into exceptional leaders, and is respected as a departmental leader amongst his colleagues.  He will be a tremendous addition to our department and I am excited for the future of our program.”

“I am incredibly honored by the opportunity to lead the WMU Women’s Soccer program,” said Robinson. “Thank you to Dan BartholomaeKeanah Smith, and the entire search committee for trusting me as your next coach. Throughout this process, it has become extremely evident that Western Michigan University is an amazing place, full of great people, with an athletic department that has a clear vision and an exciting future. I am looking forward to being a part of it, and supporting our players on and off the field.”

“I would also like to thank everyone involved in the Aquinas College Women’s Soccer program, the players, Nick Davidson, and administration for their support in this opportunity. I am looking forward to getting to work with this great group of players this fall and excited at the challenges ahead.  Go Broncos!”

Robinson was also head coach of both the men’s and women’s Grand Rapids FC teams, which competed in the USL and the UWS Minor League and served on the Michigan Olympic Development Program for seven years.

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