CONCORD - In very short order, head football coach Joe Glass has transformed the J.M. Robinson program from being a perennial homecoming opponent into being a team that could potentially challenge for the 3AA championship in 2017.
You would have to go back ten years prior to Glass's arrival at Robinson to find the Bulldogs last winning season, it was 2004 and the final year under the leadership of Tony Paroli, the first coach in the history of the school. Paroli would go 27-20 in the schools first four years of existence, but the Bulldogs would only muster 28 wins in the following ten seasons thereafter.
Insert Joe Glass into the equation, a young coach from Burke County who had come up under coaches like Tim McMahon, Chris Deal, Ron Turner, and Tom Harper, and he immediately injected some energy into the program and set the team on a new course.
While he struggled going 0-11 in 2014, the last two seasons have shown drastic improvement as they posted an 8-5 record in 2015 and went 10-3 last season.
While the South Piedmont 3A Conference gets significantly tougher this year with the addition of Kannapolis Brown coming down from the 4A ranks, Robinson certainly has the ability and momentum to at least repeat as conference champs and make a deep run in the postseason.