Thursday afternoon notes (UNT to have new softball assistants, Robinson will not return)

Rone Robinson

The UNT softball team will have a pair of new assistants next season.

Rone Robinson, who spent the last two seasons on UNT’s staff, will not return next year, coach Tracey Kee confirmed Thursday afternoon.

I will have a wrap-up story on UNT in the next few days, depending on time and space.

Robinson worked under former head coach T.J. Hubbard, who is now on the staff at Louisiana-Lafayette. Robinson stayed on during Kee’s first season. Kee did not fill her second opening for an assistant coach in her first season at UNT.

Robinson worked as a volunteer assistant at UNT in the 2008-09 season. He went on to work at UT-Dallas and UTA before returning to UNT, where he was the associate head coach.

UNT finished 31-22 in its first season under Kee and set a school record for wins in a season before falling to Tulsa in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.

And in other news …

Smith is a 6-foot-7 forward who has received a lot of interest from schools across the country.

He was committed to UNC-Greensboro, but has since decommitted.

UNT head coach Tony Benford said that the Mean Green would have a traditional center to complement the quicker forwards it has been recruiting over the last few months. UNT missed out on Nouhoum Bocoum, who signed with Arkansas State. Smith could be Plan B.

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