CHSAA's Tom Robinson serves as replay coordinator for college football national championship

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CHSAA associate commissioner Tom Robinson served as the replay coordinator during college football's National Championship game on Monday.

Robinson oversees officials, boys and girls golf and sportsmanship in the CHSAA office, and has worked for the Association for the past 19 years. He also serves as the replay coordinator for the Big XII Conference, and oversees the replay operation each weekend during the fall at the conference's Replay Operations Center.

A Big XII officiating crew was assigned to work the national title game. So as part of that, Robinson served as the replay coordinator of the National Championship game, which saw Alabama beat Ohio State.

"I'm blessed, man," Robinson said last week.

Robinson also served in the same capacity for the national semifinal game between Ohio State and Clemson.

This was the second National Championship game Robinson has worked. He was the game's replay official in 2017.

"Not as nerve-wracking as the first one," Robinson said. "It feels like you're back in the hot seat, for sure. There's just not a lot of people that get to do it, that get to go, that get to be in the front row. It's pretty amazing that I'm the one walking through the door."

Prior to becoming the replay coordinator for the Big XII, Robinson worked in the Replay Operations Center for two years.

Robinson was an on-field official in the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West from 1975-2000, and worked the Bluebonnet, Fiesta, Rose, Cotton, Gator, Independence and Citrus Bowls during his career. He was also a high school official from 1969-75.

He was named CHSAA's associate commissioner in 2014, and is in charge of golf and sportsmanship for the Association. He has served on the football and basketball rules committees for the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Robinson is a 1969 graduate of Colorado State University where he ran track, played basketball and football.

Prior to joining CHSAA in 2001, he was a math teacher and coach at Regis Jesuit for 30 years, and also served as the school's director of diversity for six years.