Charlie Robinson, a long-time successful high school basketball coach along Montana’s Hi-Line, passed away Monday. He was 68.
Born May 22, 1946, in British Columbia, Robinson coached high school basketball for more than 40 years in Montana, most of it on the Hi-Line: Dutton, Kremlin-Gildford, North Star – which is a co-op of the former Kremlin-Gildford and Blue Sky high schools – and most recently, Chinook.
He began his coaching career as an assistant in Outlook in 1969-70 – Robin Selvig’s senior season – and then was head coach for the Blue Jays for several years before taking over at Victor in the Bitterroot Valley.
He’d been in Chinook the past four years and guided the Sugarbeeters to three straight girls’ basketball district titles.
Robinson’s teams won 869 games, split between girls’ basketball (310 victories) and boys’ basketball (569).
He guided the KG Kougars to the State C girls’ basketball title in 1994 and coached Kremlin-Gildford to back-to-back State C boys’ basketball crowns in 1998-99. One of his boys’ standouts, Jake Stuart, played for the Montana Grizzlies in 2000-01.
Robinson was inducted into the Montana Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame in 2004. His son, Randy, is the girls basketball coach at Roundup.
Robinson’s arrangements are being handled by Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester.