Tigers tab Robinson to take over softball team

Marshalltown Community College has a new softball coach. And he brings with him plenty of coaching experience.

MCC Director of Athletics Dan Huntley announced Wednesday that Tyrone Robinson has been hired to replace Jeff Lamb, who announced he was leaving the program earlier this month to become the next head softball coach at Clarke University in Dubuque.

Robinson comes to MCC after serving as the associate head coach at NCAA Division I Alabama A&M and will begin his tenure in Marshalltown on Aug. 5.

“I am excited to have Ty join our coaching staff,” said Huntley. “We are fortunate to be able to hire a coach with his credentials. He has been a winner on the field and in leading his student-athletes to success in the classroom. He will challenge our young women to be successful and to expect good things to happen through their hard work.”

Robinson’s coaching experience includes serving as the associate head coach at NCAA Division I Mississippi Valley State University for two seasons prior to his stint at Alabama A&M.

At Mississippi Valley State, he led the Delta Devils to 60 wins over two seasons and claimed the Southwest Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title in 2012.

Robinson’s coaching career began at the junior college level. His first coaching job was at Rainy River Community College (Minn.) where he led the Voyageurs to a regional title and a fourth place finish at the NJCAA national tournament in 2005.

After leaving Rainy River, Robinson took over head coaching duties at McCook Community College (Neb.) where he led the Indians to a school-record 30 wins in 2008.

As a head coach, Robinson compiled a 112-69 record in four years at York College, McCook Community College and Rainy Community College from 2004-2009. Over that span, his teams’ batting average was better than .400.

“I would like to thank Dan Huntley and Marshalltown Community College for this chance to be the next head coach of the Tigers,” Robinson said. “I’m here to build a winning tradition. It’s going to take hard work. Our program will be run in a first-class manner and our student-athletes will have a great experience.”

Robinson earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northern State University (S.D.) where he lettered in baseball from 2001-2003 as a pitcher. Robinson is currently working towards the completion of a master’s degree in Sports Studies.

Lamb served as the Tigers’ softball coach for the past five seasons and helped MCC claim 116 wins. The Tigers reached the regional playoffs in each of the past three seasons and set more than 30 team and individual records during his tenure.

Lamb graduated just four sophomores from last year’s squad that went 18-23-1, including top pitcher Stacy Roggentien and two of the team’s best hitters in Marisa Basham and Erica White.