Longtime Mize coach Kenny Robinson was inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame on June 21 at a banquet held inside the Hilton Hotel in Jackson.
Robinson spent his entire 38-year coaching career (1981-2019) at Mize High School, most notably as athletic director and head football coach from 1997-2019. He worked as an assistant coach for 16 years before taking over the lead role at Mize.
Robinson saw his first coaching job at Mize as the first of many stops but says the Lord had other plans.
“When I first came [to Mize], I thought this would just be the starting point,” said Robinson. “When I came did I see myself here 38 years? No, but that just happened to be what the good Lord wanted.”
Mize has appeared in five football state championships in Robinson’s 38 years, winning four of them – he served as an assistant for two and head coach for two. As the head coach he has led Mize to 10 district titles, two South State Championships wins, two Class 1A State Championships (2001 and 2004) and an overall record of 192-89. The Bulldogs advanced to the playoffs in all 22 years Robinson served as head coach. Mize’s best season under Robinson came in 2004, when his team finished atop the Class 1A standings with a perfect record of 15-0.
“To be honest, there are so many memorable games in my career that I wouldn’t know where to start,” said Robinson. “Of course the first one you win and the first one you win as a head coach you remember, but they’re a lot of other big, memorable games.”
In addition to coaching football as an assistant and head coach, Robinson has coached or helped coach other sports at Mize including basketball, cross country, track, golf, tennis and softball. According to the MAC, he has led the cross country team to three district titles and the Class 1A State Championship, the girls track team to six district crowns and two conferences titles and two South State Championships, and the golf team to three district titles and three state runner up finishes.
“We’ve had a lot of great athletes to come through Mize,” added Robinson.
Four other MHSAA coaches (Ken Bramlett, Junior Graham, Geary Jackson and M.C. Miller) also were inducted into the 2019 MAC Hall of Fame.