Q&A with John Robic - Part 4

Robic: "I got inducted into the Hall of Fame at Denison and when I did I made the statement that being a Division III athlete is the perfect definition of a student-athlete.

Question: What about your Division III basketball experience?

Robic: "I loved it. I would not have traded it for anything. I got inducted into the Hall of Fame at Denison and when I did I made the statement that being a Division III athlete is the perfect definition of a student-athlete. No one is on scholarship. Everybody is the same. You are doing it because you love it. You are not doing it because you have to do it to get your schooling paid for. It is the truest sense of student-athlete. I got the whole college experience there."

Question: So did you always want to be a coach?

Robic: "I enjoyed it that much that early on in college I had the feeling that is what I would want to do. I didn't think I could sit behind a desk from 9-5 every day and do that. I was not smart enough to do anything else.

"I think not only did my Division III experience help me a great deal as a coach, but starting as a GA and going through process and moving to Massachusetts and going from part-time coach to restricted earnings coach to third assistant to second assistant to top assistant and then head coach was a great experience. Getting fired probably grounded me the most and having another chance to start it over was great."

Question: Do you want to be a head coach again?

Robic: "It would have to be a really good situation to do so but I could also see me being Cal's assistant as long as he will have me. We have a good thing going and hopefully I hope I will continue to do a good job for him.


Join us tomorrow for the bonus coverage of this Q&A of coach John Robic by Larry Vaught.

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