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Les Robinson replaces Mike Buchanan as Trinity football coach

Posted: December 22, 2013 12:07 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2013 12:07 p.m.
 

The Trinity Classical Academy football team will try to defend its CIF championship under a new head coach.

A few weeks after the team won a CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II title, head coach Mike Buchanan stepped down, the school announced Sunday.

In his place, Trinity has hired former Saugus High and Santa Clarita Christian assistant coach Les Robinson.

“It sounded like a great opportunity and they just won a (CIF) title after four years of football there in 8-man,” Robinson said. “I like challenges so it was very intriguing to me.”

Robinson replaces Buchanan, who coached the team for three seasons and compiled a 30-6 record in that time. Under Buchanan’s guidance, Trinity advanced to the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II semifinals three years in a row and finally broke through to win a title this year. It was the first CIF title in any sport for Trinity.

Buchanan, who was an assistant during Trinity football’s formative years in 2009 and 2010, wanted to devote more time to his ministry at UCLA and with his family, athletic director Matt Dixon said. He’ll remain connected with the school as his daughter continues to attend Trinity as a freshman and his wife, Alison, coaches the school’s varsity girls volleyball team.

“Mike’s been around from the beginning. He really has,” Dixon said. “And he was a key part in building the foundation I would say in what we see for our program.”

Robinson becomes the third head coach for a Trinity program that’s played four total varsity seasons. He’s been coaching high school football in the Santa Clarita Valley since 2004.

Robinson was an assistant at Saugus High from 2004-2010 and spent the last three seasons assisting at Santa Clarita Christian.

He was brought on to the SCCS coaching staff to help the program transition from 8-man to 11-man in 2011.

He’s hoping to eventually make the same type of leap with the Trinity football team.

“From the beginning since I came and even since we began our football team, I think we always went in knowing 11-man was the goal and we knew 8-man was a stepping stone to get there,” Dixon said.

Before any major decisions can be made, Robinson will meet with the players and the coaching staff later this week.

“If we’re able to go 11-man, it’s a whole total mind set,” Robinson said. “You’ll have to have that system in place.”

Robinson is going to inherit a team that will lose nine seniors to graduation.

“Basically I’m starting all over,” he said.

Prior to moving to the SCV in 1999, Robinson was also an assistant football coach for Kennedy High in Sacramento for eight years. He was also the team’s head track and field coach at that school, winning four CIF championships along the way.

Robinson was a track and field athlete and football player at Sacramento High, Sacramento City College and San Francisco State University.

Robinson first connected with Trinity when he approached the school about joining the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. Robinson is heavily involved in the program around the SCV.

Now, he’s entering his first football head coaching job.

“I’m excited and I’m scared,” he said. “It definitely gives me something to wake up for. It’s a purpose. It’s definitely going to be challenge and its going to be fun.”

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