Hometown: Torrington, Conn.
Major: Professional Writing, General Option
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Professional Writing
Internships: Contributing sports writer for LitchfieldCountySports.com, summer 2011; communications intern at ESPN Radio CT, fall 2011
Activities: Men's Basketball Team, 2008-12, tri-captain '11-'12; co-sports editor for The Echo; part-time jobs in the Athletic Equipment Room and the Coffeehouse
Honors and Awards: Tutor with the PASS program
When Gary Robinson was a senior at Torrington High School, he often had spectators in the stands who were there to watch him play. "I was scouted by the WCSU men’s basketball coaching staff during my senior year at Torrington High School," Robinson says. "Instead of attending WCSU, I chose to do a post-graduate year at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. During my basketball season there, I had received a verbal scholarship offer from Flagler College, a Division I program down in Florida. A couple of weeks later, they pulled the offer, leaving me with no school. So I called up a former WCSU graduate, Jay Reginatto, and asked him for Bob Campbell’s phone number and decided to attend WCSU in the fall."
After losing the opportunity to play on a scholarship at a Division I school, does Robinson have any regrets?
"I would say I am very glad things worked out the way they did. I got to play the sport that I love under fantastic coaches who have been nothing but helpful and supportive. Also, playing DIII basketball allowed me to get involved with the school paper and find my passion for writing, particularly sports journalistic writing."
What got Robinson interested in writing? "I really enjoyed my WRT 101 class with Adjunct Instructor Jim Lomuscio and decided it was the path I wanted to venture down."
There were a lot of people who came into contact with Robinson during his 4 1/2 years as a student at Western, and many of them made an impact. "I would not say I had a sole mentor, but I have been helped out and guided by many of the faculty and staff at WCSU," he says.
Asked what he will remember most about his WCSU experience, Robinson says, "My four years playing under coaches Bob Campbell, Ken Berube and Ed Quick, and alongside my fellow seniors Daquan Brooks and Mark Redding."
After graduation, Robinson hopes to find a journalism job. "I don't know if I have figured it all out just yet, but I do know that I would like to be a part of the sports journalist world. Because DIII athletes have less time devoted to their respected sports, I was able to contribute to the school paper and become one of the sports editors."
Robinson’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Enjoy every minute of college because it honestly flies by. Students will constantly come and go, but the memories you make are what you will be able to keep with you when you graduate."