Robert G. Skinner
Entering his 26th season as head coach of the Albany State University Lady Rams, Robert Skinner has built one of the most successful college women's basketball teams in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the South Region.
Known for his "tough love" standards, Skinner, who was named SIAC Coach of the Year in 1990, has guided the Lady Rams teams to SIAC championships and appearances in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II playoffs throughout the years.
His 1995-1996 squad won the SIAC championship and made team and SIAC history by defeating Rollins College, 63-62, in the first round of the NCAA playoffs, but lost a heartbreaker to Delta State, 99-67 in the second round. Skinner's Lady Rams won the SIAC championship in 1998, and returned to the NCAA playoffs, only to lose to Florida Southern University in the first round. He has been making history ever since with his clever basketball coaching skills and prowess.
A man of many talents, Skinner has also coached the ASU Lady Rams volleyball team for 21 seasons. He has led the Lady Rams to 10 SIAC championships in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He also coached volleyball at Paine College for five years.
During the 2002 season, Skinner accepted another challenge as head coach of the Lady Rams softball team, the first ASU softball team. Skinner led the Lady Rams softball team to the 2005, 2007 and 2008 and 2010 SIAC championships and second-place finishes in the 2004 and 2009 championship games. The championship teams made appearances in the NCAA Division II South Region Tournaments.
Skinner is a 1979 graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Prior to joining the Albany State University family in 1991, he was head coach at Paine College in Augusta, Ga., where he compiled a 160-125 record during 11 seasons at the helm of the Lady Lions program.