The LSU Track & Field program welcomed one of the nation’s rising stars in the coaching ranks on Aug. 13, 2013, when head coach Dennis Shaver announced that two-time Olympian Khadevis Robinson was appointed an assistant coach to lead the men’s and women’s middle distance and distance groups and cross country teams.
Robinson joined Shaver’s staff following an impressive 2013 season at Ohio State University where he also served as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach.
Robinson boasts a distinguished pedigree as one of the all-time great middle distance runners in the history of USA Track & Field as a two-time Olympian and eight-time U.S. Champion in the 800-meter run before joining the coaching ranks with stints as a head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at UNLV in 2012 and Ohio State in 2013.
“LSU has always been one of the premier programs in the nation, both on the men’s and women’s sides. Having the opportunity to work with Coach Shaver and his staff is exciting for me because I know it will help me develop into a better coach and learn what it takes to be a part of a championship program,” Robinson said. “We all strive to reach our full potential, no matter your profession. Being a part of the LSU tradition has given me the opportunity to work harder and pursue my full potential while working with coaches and athletes who’ve been at this level for a very long time.
“It’s hard for a program to do what LSU has done on both the men’s and women’s sides for so long, so to help build on that tradition is a great opportunity for me as a coach.”
Shaver believes Robinson has the required talent and experience to lead one of the nation’s premier middle distance groups in Baton Rouge.
“Khadevis Robinson is the perfect fit for our program here at LSU. We’re very excited that he is leading an event area that’s really been instrumental in our pursuit of SEC and NCAA championships over the years,” Shaver said. “Khadevis is a rising star in our (coaching) ranks. It’s special any time you can have someone with his experience and pedigree into your program.
“He’s a world-class athlete in his own right, which gives him immediate credibility to the athletes he recruits and trains here in Baton Rouge.”
The Tigers and Lady Tigers have shown tremendous progress in just two seasons under Robinson’s leadership, but perhaps none moreso than LSU’s emerging All-American candidate Morgan Schuetz as she returns as one of the NCAA’s leading 800-meter runners from the 2015 season.
Schuetz enjoyed a breakout sophomore season a year ago as an NCAA Championship semifinalist during both the indoor and outdoor seasons while earning All-SEC honors for the first time in her collegiate career. She slashed nearly four seconds off of her lifetime personal best over the course of the 2015 season while finishing with top times of 2 minutes, 4.53 seconds to rank sixth indoors and 2:03.12 to rank eighth outdoors on LSU’s all-time performance list.
Schuetz actually clocked her indoor PR of 2:04.53 in the national semifinals at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships a year ago to highlight a campaign in which she picked up her first All-SEC honor as the anchor leg of LSU’s silver-medal-winning distance medley relay team during the SEC Indoor Championships. She anchored the squad that also featured Andria Aguilar, Kiersten Duncan and Danielle Avery as the SEC Indoor Silver Medalists for 2015.
But it was her sophomore season outdoors when Schuetz truly staked her claim among the elite 800-meter runners in collegiate track and field. After racing to a lifetime best of 2:03.12 in her regular-season finale at the LSU Invitational, Schuetz bagged the bronze medal with her All-SEC third-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships before making a run to the NCAA semifinals.
Schuetz has prepped for the 2016 track and field season with a decorated cross country season in which she earned all-region honors for the first time in her career with a 12th-place individual finish at the NCAA South Central Regional during the 2015 fall semester.
Schuetz wasn’t LSU’s only athlete to receive recognition with an outstanding season on the cross country course when Class of 2015 recruit Dajour Braxton became the first LSU cross country runner on either team to earn a major postseason award from the Southeastern Conference when he was honored as the SEC Men’s Freshman Runner of the Year following his rookie season.
The 2015 track and field season also saw Julian Parker become the fifth LSU Tiger in history to be crowned the SEC Outdoor Champion in the 800 meters with his improbably victory in the SEC final.
After clocking a best of 1:47.33 during the regular season, Parker dropped his personal best by more than one full second as he crossed the finish line in 1:46.17 to strike gold as the SEC’s 800-meter champion in his senior season. That performance made Parker the third-fastest half-miler in the school’s history and earned him a place in the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career.
Sophomore Blair Henderson also cracked LSU’s all-time Top 10 performance list a year ago when he posted a lifetime best of 1:47.03 to rank seventh in school history in the event. The Lake Charles native also made a return trip to the NCAA Championships by advancing to the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida.
Schuetz and Henderson both made their NCAA Championship debuts during the outdoor season in 2014 in Robinson’s first season coaching the group. Former Lady Tiger runner Andria Aguilar also lined up at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 1,500 meters that season.
In his one season at Ohio State, Robinson coached sophomore Katie Borchers to All-America honors in the 800 meters by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association while setting school records with PRs of 2:06.95 indoors and 2:05.56 outdoors to earn a spot in the national semifinals at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
He also coached a young Buckeye squad to great success during the 2012 cross country season as Ohio State claimed a pair of sixth-place team finishes at the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. That included junior Meredith Wagner and sophomore Michelle Thomas earning all-region honors and Wagner adding a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection for her performance.
The Ohio State women’s cross country team earned a 2012 NCAA Division I All-Academic Team honor by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.31 through the 2012 fall semester.
Prior to joining the Buckeye staff, Robinson guided the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels to a successful 2012 campaign in which standout Kelsey Williams swept Mountain West Conference championships in the women’s 800 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Brett Zorich, the 2012 Mountain West Indoor bronze medalist, also qualified for the 800-meter semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while earning a 13th-place finish nationally with a personal record of 2:04.54 in the event.
UNLV’s relay teams were also impressive under Robinson’s direction as the Rebels earned All-Mountain West honors with a silver-medal-winning second-place finish in the women’s distance medley relay (11:52.41) at the 2012 MWC Indoor Championships and won the 4x800-meter relay (8:39.22) at the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays during the 2012 outdoor season.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, and 1998 graduate of TCU, Robinson was crowned the NCAA Outdoor Champion in the men’s 800 meters during his senior season with the Horned Frogs in 1998.
He would go on to a distinguished professional career as one of the world’s premier 800-meter runners in which he represented the United States at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and London in 2012. Robinson also earned his spot on Team USA at the IAAF World Championships a total of seven times while setting a lifetime personal best of 1:43.68 in his specialty event.
Robinson is one of the most accomplished middle distance runners in USA Track & Field history while winning four U.S. Indoor titles in 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and four U.S. Outdoor titles in 1999, 2006, 2008 and 2009. He is also a six-time silver medalist in the 800 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships, including a pair of runner-up finishes at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2004 and 2012.
He has also helped foster the careers of some of USA Track & Field’s rising stars while coaching the likes of 2012 U.S. Olympian Duane Solomon early in his professional career.
Robinson graduated from TCU in 1998 with an undergraduate degree in social work before earning his master’s degree in public administration from Cal State Los Angeles in 2004.
Robinson has spent the past decade training and competing as one of the world’s top runners while coaching athletes from all age groups. He’s also served as a public speaker and as an educator in the Santa Monica Unified School District. He also co-founded a 501c3 called The Youth Track & Running Club of which he remains an active board member.
The Robinson File
2-time U.S. Olympian (2004, 2012)
7-time IAAF World Championships Qualifier
4-time USA Indoor Champion (800 Meters)
4-time USA Outdoor Champion (800 Meters)
2-time U.S. Olympic Trials Silver Medalist (800 Meters)
1998 NCAA Outdoor Champion (800 Meters)
4-time NCAA All-American
Collegiate Coaching Records
1 SEC Champion
6 All-SEC Athletes earning 6 All-SEC honors
14 NCAA Championships Qualifiers
2 Mountain West Conference Champions
2 Ohio State School Records