Robinson Brothers

Monté Robinson (Photo: Ken Neely)

Monté Robinson (Photo: Ken Neely)

Moving from the 50-yard line to the sidelines was a smooth transition for Westinghouse High School alumni Monte Robinson and Ramon Robinson. As the head football coach and offensive coordinator for the Westinghouse Bulldogs respectively, they have helped the team pick itself up after a decade of lackluster seasons that went against the football program’s proud tradition. Together, the two have put endless hours into ensuring that the team is successful in more ways than one.

The Robinson twins grew up in Homewood, and gravitated toward playing football at Westinghouse, where an impressive amount of championship games had already been won. The team benefited from the athletic ability of the twins, with Ramon playing as star quarterback. They won back-to- back City League championships in 1992 and 1993 — the first top victories since 1981 – reviving the Westinghouse name as a championship school.

Though the twins graduated from Westinghouse in 1995, they still made it their mission to serve the Homewood community. Monte began coaching Little League Football in 2001, with ambitions of returning to Westinghouse to assist the football program. He finally received his opportunity in 2008, when he was hired as the head football coach. That year, he also began Men of the House, an initiative with Homewood Children’s Village where Westinghouse football players participate in a daily study hall, social skills seminars, and health and wellness sessions.

Ramon has similarly given his talents to community athletics. He coached youth football and baseball in Homewood for more than 10 years. While serving as the offensive coordinator for Westinghouse football, he also works as a union painter for the University of Pittsburgh and owns his own company, R&R Painting.

Ramon Robinson (Photo: Ken Neely)

Ramon Robinson (Photo: Ken Neely)

In 2016, the brothers were both inducted into Westinghouse’s prestigious Wall of Fame, where hundreds of notable alumni are commemorated. Ramon was inducted into the Pittsburgh City League Hall of Fame for his stellar performance as a championship player for the Bulldogs. Their honors corresponded with their best season as coaches yet: they competed in last year’s championship game against Brashear High School. Though the Bulldogs lost in double overtime, Homewood was still invested in their success, with many community members coming out to support the players at practices and games even before they played in the championship.

But with all of their accomplishments, the Robinson twins spend just as much time tending to their own lives. Both are proud husbands and fathers. Monte has been married for 14 years and has two daughters, while Ramon was recently married in July and has four children.

As family and football men, Monte and Ramon have touched the lives around them in ways big and small; but as fraternal twins, they have supported each other the longest. And their partnership has made them the strongest team they could ask for.

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