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Robinson, Foster Named WMAC Basketball Coaches of the Year
Robinson, Foster Named WMAC Basketball Coaches of the Year
Posted on 03/16/2021
North Buncombe’s Coach Robinson and Roberson’s Coach Foster were chosen as the 2021 Western Mountain Athletic Conference Basketball Coaches of the Year.Featured Photo (Above): Coach Chuck Robinson (left) of North Buncombe High and Coach Laura Foster (right) of T.C. Roberson High stand on their home basketball courts.

By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications Dept.

Coach Chuck Robinson of North Buncombe High School and Coach Laura Foster of T.C. Roberson High School were chosen this month as the 2020-2021 Western Mountain Athletic Conference (WMAC) Basketball Coaches of the Year. Foster coaches the Rams’ girls varsity basketball team and Robinson Coaches the Blackhawks’ boys varsity basketball team.

Coach Chuck Robinson, North Buncombe HighCoach Chuck Robinson
In his fourth year with the Blackhawks boys basketball team, Coach Robinson has a long history with Buncombe County Schools. A 1983 graduate of North Buncombe High, his first coaching assignment was with a middle school seventh and eighth grade girls basketball team in the 80s. He later coached basketball and tennis for nine years at Charles D. Owen High School and tennis for six years at North Buncombe Middle School. Along the way, he served as a bus driver, custodian, and substitute teacher.

Coach Robinson was humbled to be chosen by his peers to represent the WMAC as the boys basketball Coach of the Year during a challenging year in athletics due to the pandemic.

“Every coach has struggled this year, trying to make the best season they could for their kids, coaching staff, and families,” he said. “But, you know, it was well worth it, especially for my senior class. We didn’t think we would have a season, but we were able to get our 14 games in.”

This year, the Blackhawks tied for second in the WMAC with A.C. Reynolds High, and made it to the first round of the state playoffs.

Robinson currently works as a quality assurance training manager for Buncombe County’s 9-1-1 Emergency Services Dept., where he has served for 24 years. Whether he’s at work or on the court, it’s all about making an impact on the community.

“I love giving back to my community,” he said. “That’s the most important thing.”

Coach Laura Foster, T.C. Roberson HighCoach Laura Foster
Laura Foster wants her students and players to be ready for anything the future throws at them.

The veteran educator has 27 years of physical education teaching experience and has coached for 21 years. Foster joined T.C. Roberson High School four years ago, after teaching and coaching at Ashe County High School for 17 years. She is a former player of West Wilkes High School, where she graduated in 1989. Throughout her career, she has focused on building authentic relationships with players, encouraging them to work hard and own their decisions.

“I try to teach them lifelong lessons they can take with them,” she said. “It’s not about the wins and losses, it’s the relationships you make with them.”

On Feb. 17, Foster coached her 300th career varsity win against West Henderson High, and in March was chosen as the WMAC’s girls basketball Coach of the Year. The Rams earned a record of 8-6 and a fourth place tie - a substantial improvement over previous seasons. Despite her impressive coaching work, she was “shocked” to be chosen to represent the conference and shared her success with her team and coaching community.

“You don’t win awards without having help,” she said. “You’ve got to have a good support system, and fortunately throughout my career, I’ve had good people by my side and really good players.”

Foster was proud of the way her players faced an unusual season. Throughout the pandemic, they played hard, adapted to safety protocols, and showed resilience.

“I want them to be strong young females by the time they leave here,” Foster added. “It’s a tough world, and I coach them hard. I make them accountable and let them understand the impact they are having on their team. Hopefully they’ll take that work ethic - that attitude - with them when they lead their own jobs and families.”

Read the March 2, 2021, Asheville Citizen-Times announcement of the 2020-2021 WMAC Coaches of the Year and all-WMAC basketball teams.

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