Robinson Fruchtl has been named Director of Athletics at Saint Francis University (Pa.).
Friars open BIG EAST Tournament action on Saturday, March 5 against Creighton at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Friars and Blue Demons tip-off at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Jan. 24 in Chicago.
Friars head to Omaha, Neb. to face the Bluejays on Sunday, Jan. 17.
Friars host the Musketeers on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Robinson Fruchtl came to Providence College after spending the previous five seasons at Saint Francis University (Pa.) from 2007-12. She guided the Red Flash to three-consecutive Northeast Conference Championship Games, captured two conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011.
She garnered Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors at the completion of the 2011 campaign after leading Saint Francis to a 22-11 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the NEC. That same year, the Red Flash won the NEC regular-season title and the tournament title. The team’s 22 victories in 2011 are tied for third-most in program history.
During Robinson Fruchtl’s tenure, a member of the Red Flash earned All-NEC honors six times and two others were selected to the NEC All-Rookie Team.
Robinson Fruchtl spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State University (1993-98, 2004-07). The 1992 Penn State graduate helped guide her alma mater to a 161-83 record (.660) during her eight seasons on the sidelines, including four, 20-win seasons.
A former All-America selection and Penn State’s only recipient of the Wade Trophy, which is presented annually to the best women’s college basketball player in NCAA Division I, Robinson Fruchtl rejoined the Penn State staff in May of 2004 after serving as an assistant from 1993 to 1998. During her time at Penn State, she worked primarily with post players and assisted with the recruitment of student-athletes. It was under her guidance that former Nittany Lion Amanda Brown became a third-round selection in the 2007 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks.
After leaving Penn State in 1998, Robinson Fruchtl enrolled at Slippery Rock University to pursue her Master’s degree in secondary guidance. During that time she served as a volunteer assistant from 1998-2000 for the North Allegheny girls’ basketball team. Robinson Fruchtl also has a Master’s in higher education, which she earned from PSU in 1998. In June of 2000, she took over as the head girls’ basketball coach at Beaver Area High School, where she also worked as one of the school’s guidance counselors. She helped revive the basketball program, and led the Cats to the PIAA Class AAA Playoffs in each of her final two seasons.
Then known as Susan Robinson, she graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in exercise and sports science in 1992 and was married to Tony Fruchtl in 1997. Robinson Fruchtl is one of only two players in Penn State history to accumulate 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and was the program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,253 points until she was passed by Kelly Mazzante in 2004.
In 1992, the same season she won the Wade Trophy, she was named a consensus All-American and earned GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. As a rookie in 1989, she was named Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year. Twice she was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference team, and in 1991, she was tabbed Player of the Year. The Center Point, West Virginia native served as captain of the 1990-91 PSU squad that compiled a 29-2 record and a No. 1 National ranking in the final AP poll of the regular season.
In 1990, Robinson Fruchtl was a member of the Junior National Team, and also played for the U.S. Select team that toured Europe. Following her collegiate career she played professionally for one season in Japan.
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