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Robson selected as next Lady Colonel soccer coach

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By Sam Draut

The opportunity to return to high school coaching came at the “perfect time” for Mark Robson. The current East Oldham Middle School principal has been named the girls soccer coach at Oldham County High School, the school announced Friday March 23.

Robson coached the Colonels’ boys soccer team for nine seasons, compiling a 137-48-11 record, winning eight regional titles. After stepping down as the Oldham County boys soccer coach in 2008, Robson spent time coaching 10 to 14 year olds at the club level.

Robson takes over the program following a two-year stint by Libbey Smith, who left Oldham County for the head coaching position at Sacred Heart in December. In her two seasons at Oldham County, Smith reached the regional finals and semi-finals. The Lady Colonels lost to Simon Kenton in penalty kicks in the Eighth Region final in 2017, a game shy of reaching the state tournament for the first time since 2013. 

Robson wants Oldham County to continue to provide a pathway to collegiate soccer.

“There is a fine tradition of athletes that represent Colonel Nation,” Robson said. “As a team, we will need to evaluate and analyze where we can be this year and beyond.”

Oldham County is set to return leading goal-scorer Tristan Whalen (23 goals, eight assists), along with a core of senior-to-be midfielders including Alexis Cook, Caroline Davis and Megan Smekrud. Kennedi Roehrig and Kennedy Park will be juniors next fall, both have started for the past two seasons.  

In the past few years, Robson has worked with some of the upcoming freshmen and sophomores at the club level, and has a familiarity with the returning group.

“I look forward to helping them further develop,” Robson said. “We will work hard to develop a style of play that allows us to be successful.”