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The end of an era

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Chris Slone


PDT Sports Editor


Most people dream of being successful. Only a few people actually reach their dreams. Then there is Robin Hagen-Smith, she simply lived a dream. But all dreams must come to an end and on Monday, Hagen-Smith announced her retirement from coaching, ending a 30-year run.


Since the retirement announcement, Shawnee State University as received countless messages from supporters via Twitter and Facebook. The university is giving everyone a chance to say goodbye to Hagen-Smith. Most people have taken full advantage of the opportunity to bid farewell to the legendary coach.


"Greatest coach I have ever had the privilege to observe and cover as a sportswriter," John Stegeman, former sports editor for the Daily Times, said through his Facebook account. "SSU will never replace her and the NAIA will never see a classier act. Robin, congratulations and good luck."


While some people wanted to congratulate her, other’s wanted to imitate her.


"I will spend my coaching career attempting to figure out how she did it," fan Kara Cayton said via her Twitter account. "Robin Hagen-Smith is my idol."


Not only is Hagen-Smith an inspiration, she is a highly decorated and accomplished basketball coach. Hagen-Smith has a career record of 713-213. Since 1988, the year Shawnee State began playing in the NAIA, Hagen-Smith has a 637-131 record. In the NAIA tournament, Hagen-Smith has a 26-16 record to go along with 13 Sweet Sixteens, six Elite Eights and four Fab Fours. She also has a national championship and one runner-up finish.


Hagen-Smith will continue to teach at SSU but her presence on the basketball court cannot be overlooked.


"Congratulations to coach Smith," fan Steve Dunfee said through Facebook. "She is an inspiration and put Shawnee State Women’s Basketball on the map."


During her tenure, Hagen-Smith has been inducted into the South Webster, Shawnee State, Rio Grande, NAIA and Ohio Basketball Halls of Fame. She was named conference coach of the year on six occasions.


The Hall of Fame coach will certainly be missed on the sidelines.


"I swear that I didn’t think this day would come but I guess that all good things come to an end eventually," fan Greg Poole said through the Shawnee State’s Facebook page. "Congratulations to not only the best women’s basketball coach I have ever seen but also to one of the best people I have ever met. Enjoy retirement Coach!!!"


Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298 or cslone@civitasmedia.com. For breaking sports news, follow Chris on twitter@crslone.

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