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Allow Us to Introduce: John Robinson

Class of 2011

John Robinson traded the sounds, sights, and activity of Queens, NY (population 2,229,000) for the quiet and comparatively slower pace of Vermont Tech’s Randolph Center campus (population 1,200).

While studying and playing basketball at Christ the King High School in Queens, NY, John was introduced to and recruited by Men’s Basketball Coach John Dyer, who quickly saw his potential as both a student and player. For his part, John saw an opportunity to get out of the city for awhile, pursue a degree in Civil Engineering, and get some real playing time in college-level basketball.

So how does John handle the change in his living, studying and playing environment – from a city that never sleeps to one that rolls up the sidewalks at dusk?

“It hasn’t been as hard as you might think,” he said. “It’s definitely a little slower up here, and it takes some getting adjusted to. But I’ve met some good people, I get to play ball, and I’ll leave here in another year with an associates degree in civil engineering. Oh – and I sleep a lot better up here, too.

And what does Coach Dyer think of his veteran player?  

"John's energy and enthusiasm are infectious,” Dyer said. “The other guys on the team love to play with him--they know that, if they get open, he'll find a way to get them the ball.  One on one, John is difficult to stop." 

Following graduation, John plans to return to New York to pursue an engineering career.