Megan (Byford) Robbins will be returning to her home basketball roots in Stephens County after being named the next Comanche Lady Indians head basketball coach.
Robbins, who has been back in the county since August, was officially hired in a special board meeting Friday and will be taking over for Coach Aaron Weast who retired at the end of the season after more than 30 years of coaching.
Robbins was a Bray-Doyle graduate who went on to play collegiate basketball at Oklahoma State University and then had assistant coaching jobs at several locations including most recently being the Director of Operations for the Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball team.
Comanche Superintendent Julie Bills had the following statement after confirming the employment in the meeting:
“Mrs. Robbins has a strong Stephens County heritage and I am excited to see her become a part of the Comanche family,” Bills said. “Typically, coaches meet with players prior to the end of the year. The students will have to meet Mrs. Robbins virtually and wait until we have clearance to get them together as a group.”
Robbins said she knew when she left OSU that she wasn’t going to be out of coaching for long and is glad to be taking the Lady Indians post.
“When I heard the Comanche job was coming open I was very interested. They have had a lot of success over the last several years and I think they kind of have an understanding of what it takes to compete at a high level,” Robbins said. “That is sometimes hard to develop in a community and they kind of already understand that and they know they want to be good. That is an attractive quality right there.”
Robbins said that once she meets with the team she is hoping to show off her style and get it to work with her coaching philosophy.
“I think I have been around the game for a while and have had the opportunity to play at different levels and see different styles. That kind of gives me the opportunity to show them different styles. I have seen them play a little bit, but once getting in there and really knowing the girls and seeing what they are capable of and being able to adapt and figure out what style is best for them. I am a blue collar hard work type of person and my biggest thing is we may not be the most talented but we will definitively out work anybody we come across.”
With two starters leaving the team due to graduation and three of them coming back potentially for next season, Robbins is excited to join Comanche and has even said there is always a spot for Weast.
“I have already told him that it is an open door. He is more than welcome to come to practice and I will take any advice he has to offer. I am not a proud person. I think the best coaches are always consistently students of the game and that is how I am and I am always willing and open minded to learn,” Robbins said. “I understand that Coach Weast has been so successful there and knows that community and knows those kids so any advice he has I will take with open arms. They have really built that program to one of the better girl basketball programs in the state. I’m excited to come in and grow that reputation.”