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Kilgore College has named Trish Robinson as its interim head softball coach for the 2020-21 season, taking over for Leslie Messina, who left the program in May for personal reasons.

Robinson has served as an assistant softball coach for KC since 2016. Messina was the only coach in program history – the program has only been in existence since 2013.

“First off, I’d like to thank to Dr. Brenda Kays (president), Dr. Mike Jenkins (vice president) and Jimmy Rieves (athletic director) for giving me this opportunity,” Robinson said. “Kilgore College has been a second family to me for the last four years, and I have worked alongside the best and learned what it takes to be a successful head coach.”

Robinson said she is ready “to hit the ground running” with recruiting and is ready to give back to the community that has invested so much in the college.

“Through my passion and dedication, I will help student-athletes graduate and move on to the next level,” Robinson said. “I am excited about the future of this program and what we will achieve.”

Before KC, Robinson was assistant softball coach for the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals.

Robinson, a native of Sugar Land, is a 2005 graduate of Dulles High School and a 2007 graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned a degree in psychology. She was also a two-year member for the UT-Dallas softball team.

After graduation from UT-Dallas, Robinson was a graduate assistant for the Comets (American Southwest Conference).

Prior to UT-Dallas, Robinson spent two years at Alvin Community College, where she earned an Associate’s degree and played softball for the Dolphins.

At ACC, she hit .361 with 21 RBI in 2007 and was named the team’s offensive player of the year.


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