These last few weeks have been some of the most difficult that I have experienced in my life, both personally and professionally as a coach.
Any accusation that I have threatened physical harm to any player or called players names like the demeaning terms that have been alleged is simply false. Many of the allegations made against me speak more to a style of coaching that might not be for everyone, but is not uncommon in college athletics. These accusations have come from a small number of players. Unfortunately, coaching often involves making difficult decisions that do not always please each individual player, but which are necessary for the betterment of the team as a whole.
The zeal and enthusiasm I have for my players and our team is evident to anyone who knows me or has taken the time to watch our team play. This is a Division I, Southeastern Conference program – one of the highest levels of the sport which I love to coach. I am passionate about coaching, teaching, and motivating my players to get the absolute best out of every player that I have the opportunity to coach.
I have high expectations for myself, my team and our players. It is my job to coach our athletes to perform to the best of their abilities. It is also important to coach, counsel, and mentor players not only in sports but in life - positioning them for success both on and off the court. I always strive to do my part to help build strong and successful students and athletes – helping to prepare them for the challenges they face now and in the future. As any parent knows, that always requires encouragement and sometimes requires tough, but fair, love.
I am humbled by the outpouring of support I am receiving from current and former players and coaches who have stepped up, publicly and privately, to talk about the Robby that they know – the real me. Their support and encouragement mean more to me than they will ever know, and I am honored to call them my family.
I have had the privilege of coaching more than 50 athletes during my tenure as the Head Volleyball Coach at the University of Arkansas. Many have gone on to be All-SEC and All-Americans, and others have gone on to play professionally at the highest levels. I am proud to be their coach and mentor, and even more so of the friendships I maintain with them today. Their success on and off the court is a true testament to the focus, effort, and teamwork we share as a Razorback family.”