Washington Township Board of Education names new football coach

Lamont Robinson was announced as the new head football coach for Washington Township High School

Members of the Washington Township Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Lamont Robinson as Washington Township High School football coach at its Jan. 24 meeting. Robinson will replace former coach Mark Wechter, who resigned following 11 years at the helm of the Minutemen program. Wechter posted a 65–47 record, made eight state tournament appearances and led his teams to conference championships in 2006, 2007 and 2015.

Robinson, who is New Jersey dual certified in social studies and special education, has been working as a teacher and coach in the Millville School District.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Coach Robinson to the coaching staff at Washington Township High School,” Principal Ann Moore said. “He is excited about this opportunity to work with our young men on the football team and to make a positive impact in our school community.”

“We are pleased to welcome Coach Robinson to the Washington Township High School community and looking forward to his leadership of our program,” WTHS Athletic Director Kevin Murphy said. “Coach Robinson has enjoyed success at every level of his playing and coaching careers, while always focusing on family, academics and teamwork. He is an inspiring coach who will proudly continue the tradition of Minutemen football.”

Robinson’s personal rise to success reads like a movie script when, after sustaining a broken neck and multiple facial fractures during a freak car accident, he guided his Salem High School football squad to a state playoff appearance as a senior despite playing only four and one-half games just five months following serious surgery. In those games, he was credited with 40 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. On offense he scored six touchdowns and six two-point conversions en route to second team all-conference honors at linebacker and running back, and first team all-area at linebacker. He also was a three-year participant in basketball and track and field at Salem. Robinson also excelled in the classroom; graduating seventh in his class with a 4.27 GPA and earning a full athletic scholarship to the University of Oklahoma under head coach Bob Stoops.

As a linebacker with the Sooners, he helped his team to three consecutive Big XII Conference championships and made three BCS bowl game appearances, including the 2009 BCS Orange Bowl National Championship game against the University of Florida. Graduating from Oklahoma in 2009 with bachelor of art degrees in religious studies and African American studies, he returned to New Jersey and earned a master’s in administration of human service from Wilmington University in 2014.

Robinson, 29, has served on the varsity football staff of the Clayton Clippers in 2013, Salem Rams as 2014 Group I runner-up, and the Millville Thunderbolts from 2015 to 2016, where he most recently served as the team’s associate head coach, defensive coordinator, linebackers and running backs coach for the 2016 Group V champions. He also has extensive coaching experience at the national and international level as part of the United States National coaching team. He coached the U15 International Bowl champions in 2016, and the U19 IFAF World Championship silver medalists.

In addition to football, Robinson has coached flag football in Alloway and Pitman, Pop Warner Football in Norman, OK, basketball in Alloway and Woolwich Township, youth wrestling and football in Woodstown, and middle school basketball and track and field in Salem.

Robinson is the proud son of Myra Robison and Craig Parsley, and the equally proud father of Lamont, Jr, 7, Laniyah, 5, Lavant, 4, and La’Ron, 3. He currently resides in Swedesboro.