Robinson came up a single point short of seeing its first state championship placed in its trophy case under its previous head football coach.
The Rockets hope to make that vision a reality with Tommy Allison.
The Robinson ISD school board Friday morning approved Allison, a state title-winning coach with 16 years experience, to be the next athletic director and head football coach for Robinson High School.
“That AD part is what we really were looking at for him,” Robinson Superintendent Michael Hope said. “He’s a motivator, has tons of energy. He’s the one that will get the kids and community fired up.”
Allison comes to Robinson from Jacksboro High School, about 60 miles south of Wichita Falls. He went 4-6 in his only year there, but won a state championship at Class 1A Cayuga in 2009. He was 35-8 at Cayuga overall.
Allison replaces Brian Lewis, who resigned after six seasons at Robinson’s helm. Lewis was 26-12 in his first three seasons and helped the Randy Kitchens-led Rockets reach the 2006 3A state championship game. However, he suffered three straight losing seasons, culminating in a 3-7 campaign in 2010.
“I’m really excited to be a part of a great program that we’re going to make into something special,” Allison said.
Allison plans to keep the basic tenets of Lewis’ spread offense, but will “try and throw the ball all over the field” and run a fast-paced attack. His Jacksboro offense averaged 300 yards passing without any junior or senior starters.
The Rockets ran a more balanced offense under Lewis in 2010, but the switch could bode well for the young Rockets, who return several up-and-coming receivers, a shifty running back and all three players who played quarterback in 2010.
Defensively, Allison’s motto is pressure and creating offensive confusion.
“We’ll be an odd front-type team,” he said. “We’ll put a lot more pressure on the offense and try to cause some turnovers.”
Allison, who previously was an assistant coach at Riesel from 1995-98, said he’s always had an eye to join the Robinson community. That desire and the challenge of playing in one of the toughest 3A districts in the state caught his eye, he said.
“There’s some great football in the area,” he said. “We want it to be when they talk about this district, it starts with Robinson.”
Allison will get to work right away. His first day of work will be Feb. 28.