The popular phrase two years ago when Shawn Robinson arrived on campus at Guyer was that the rich were simply getting richer.
Coming off six straight seasons of having a future Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback under center, another one fell in Guyer’s lap.
Now, the Wildcats are on the wrong end of the same story, as Robinson will transfer to fellow state power DeSoto for his senior season. He’s once again following his coaching parents.
Robinson’s mother, Andrea, is leaving the same job at Guyer to become the head girls basketball coach at DeSoto after two years with the Lady Wildcats, pending school board approval. His father, Othell, confirmed he has an offer to join DeSoto’s football staff.
Andrea Robinson said she hopes to start her new job on Monday, pending release from her Denton ISD contract.
“It’s tough and unfair for Shawn,” Andrea Robinson said. “He can’t help the fact he has two coaches for parents. If there’s a move for advancement, he gets the backlash. He doesn’t wake up and say, ‘It’s my senior year. I want to move now.’ I hate he gets penalized for that. He loves where he is. Guyer’s been good to Shawn, and Shawn loves Guyer.”
Guyer travels to DeSoto in Week 2 of the 2016 season on Sept. 2.
Ultimately, Robinson said, the opportunity to take over one of what she called a “top two or three girls basketball job in Texas” was too much to pass up.
“It’s a place I’ve eyeballed for a while,” said Robinson, who said she will have a pay raise and be able to bring in up to three of her own assistants. “To be honest, there are a couple of top jobs in the state when it comes to girls basketball. This is a powerhouse over there with Cedar Hill and Duncanville and DeSoto. It’s a basketball area over there. It’s definitely one of the top jobs in girls basketball. That’s very appealing.”
Shawn Robinson started as a freshman at Saginaw Chisholm Trail where his father was the offensive coordinator. At the same time, Andrea Robinson was the coach at Cedar Hill. The following spring, Guyer hired Andrea Robinson after a successful run at Cedar Hill and previously Fort Worth Dunbar. Guyer also hired Othell Robinson as a football assistant.
“I’ve been wanting to be at DeSoto for a while,” Othell Robinson said. “But I’ve put a lot of my career on hold for Shawn. That’s what I’ve been doing. Don’t get me wrong, Guyer’s a good job. I’ve had good jobs but the roles and positions you do, you put yourself on hold and have your own dreams and aspirations.
“Now, this is about my family. Shawn is about to graduate and now Andrea has a great opportunity and I have a great opportunity. Most importantly, we’ll all be in the same place. This allows me to grow my career as well.”
Othell Robinson said his son would not be available for comment.
The TCU pledge is a consensus top-three dual-threat quarterback in the country after exploding onto the map after his arrival at Guyer prior to his sophomore year. Over the past two seasons at Guyer, Robinson has passed for 4,273 yards and 44 touchdowns with 13 interceptions while rushing for another 3,094 yards and 35 scores. His passing numbers dipped in 2015 as the Wildcats went with more of a ground-heavy attack. He passed for just 1,474 yards and 11 touchdowns but rushed for 1,678 and 18 scores. He’ll now look to lead the Eagles under center for his senior season after DeSoto lost star quarterback Tristen Wallace, who signed with Oregon in February.
Losing Robinson is a key blow for the Guyer program, which advanced to the Class 6A Division II regional finals, but head coach John Walsh feels good about Robinson’s replacement Luke Stillwell.
The junior-to-be started one game last season when Robinson was out with an illness. Stillwell rushed for 106 yards while throwing for 174 in an important win over Trophy Club Nelson that followed an unexpected loss to Keller Central the week before. The Stillwell era will now begin a year earlier than planned as spring football kicks off April 25.
“We run a very quarterback friendly offense that fits Luke Stillwell and [sophomore-to-be backup] Deondre Dansby’s skill set,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said. “Anyone worried about Guyer’s quarterback position is wasting energy.
“There’s been a lot of production at quarterback at Guyer since 2008. And we don’t plan on that changing in 2016. Luke Stillwell is homegrown. He’s primed and ready. We’re excited to see him lead the football team.”
While Walsh said he is sad to lose Robinson’s explosiveness, he said he understands the move is what is best for the entire Robinson family.
“The whole Robinson family had to make a decision, and in talking with [Othell Robinson], being together as a family unit is important,” Walsh said. “Most of their careers, they haven’t been together.
“We hate to see them leave. All three have been an asset to us and we’re going to wish them luck over at DeSoto.”
The loss of Robinson under center isn’t the only loss for Guyer’s athletic programs. Andrea Robinson turned Guyer into a perennial contender at the state’s largest classification in her two years on the job after most of the program’s previous success had come at the old Class 4A level.
Guyer shared a District 5-6A championship with Keller in 2016 after finishing second a year ago. The Lady Wildcats lost in the opening round of the playoffs in each of her seasons. She also helped groom Bre Wickware into a double-double machine before she became the first Guyer girls player to sign with a Division I program (Indiana) and set up another one in junior Lauren Heard, who has several Division I offers heading into her senior season.
Robinson compiled a 39-19 record at Guyer, including a 22-8 campaign in her final season. She has coached in four state tournaments — one with Cedar Hill and three with Dunbar, including state titles in 2005 and 2007. She spent six seasons at Cedar Hill after five at Dunbar before being hired at Guyer.
“I’m very happy with my time here,” Andrea Robinson said. “Guyer’s a great place. The kids are great. They came in and allowed me to coach them. They worked hard. I’m very happy with where the program is now. I think the person they bring in should be able to take it on to the next level.”