By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
This time of year often found David Robbins burning gas on the recruiting road for the Northeast Tigers basketball team.
But in February, Robbins was named Athletic Director and Dean of Students at the Booneville community college.
So, with national signing day for college basketball looming next week, Robbins is engaged in another sort of recruiting effort.
“It’s been a different feel the past few weeks,” said Robbins, whose last season as the Tigers coach ended Feb. 21. “I’m going to miss it, it’s something I’ve been doing for the past 26 years.”
Now Robbins, who won three state championships in 14 seasons at Corinth, is looking for his replacement as the head coach.
“I’m hoping we’ll have an announcement the early part of this week,” Robbins said. “I think we’re close.”
When Northeast does make its new hire, that coach will inherit a roster which boasted only four sophomores in a 13-man lineup. The Tigers finished the 2012-13 season at 9-13.
The Lady Tigers almost brought home gold during the 2012-13 season, reaching the state championship game before losing 68-66 to Gulf Coast.
“I think we took a major step forward,” second-year head coach Brian Alexander said. “The first year, we were trying to set the tone as the hardest working program in the state.
“In the third year, we have to take it a step further.”
Alexander expects to return eight players from the squad that finished 14-12. Key returneers include Angelia Allen (Belmont) and Antoinette Riddle(Tupelo).
“I’m excited for the ones who will choose Northeast,” said Alexander, who said not all of his potential new players will commit on the first day.