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Durrell Robinson has been announced as the Pontiac 66ers head coach for their inaugural season in the MPBA.
“I am very excited and humbled to be the head coach of the Pontiac 66ers,” said Robinson. “Over the past twenty years, I have experienced personally the one-of-a-kind love and hospitality Pontiac gives to the basketball world, from my playing days at Danville High School in the 90’s and as a college coach at Danville and Bethany. I’ve able to attend just about every holiday tournament since 1992, and I can’t wait to help bring professional basketball here.”
Robinson was head coach of the MPBA’s Gateway Steam last eason, guiding the team to a fourth-place finish and a playoff berth. During the season, Robinson coached Jake Anderson, who signed with the Chicago Bulls in late September. Anderson was one of five players who advanced from the Steam to higher-level leagues.
Robinson began his coaching career in 2005 at Danville Area Community College as an assistant under Hall of Fame coach John Spezia, against whom he will now compete—Spezia was named in July as head coach of the league’s defending champions, the Champaign Swarm. Following four years at DACC, Robinson was hired as an assistant at Bethany College in Lindborg, Kansas.
Prior to coaching the Steam, Robinson served as an instructor in dozens of camps and clinics, helping to develop aspiring youth, collegiate and professional players, including at the Kevin Durant Youth Camp and the Oklahoma City Thunder D-League team youth camp.
Robinson was an all-state player for Danville High School in 1995, and went on to become a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American for Danville Area Community College. He then transferred to the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he was all-Great Lakes Valley Conference in 1999. Robinson completed his playing career at Union College, earning NAIA Division 1 All-American honors in 2001.
“We are going to have a hard-working, positive team, and we are ready to support our fans and the community with outreach programs that everyone can be proud of. We have a special league brewing here and we are very fortunate and lucky to be teaming up with the Pontiac community,” Robinson said.