Wendie Austin-Robinson was named head coach in August of 2005. Austin-Robinson was named the 2009 SCAC Coach of the Year following the 2008-2009 season. She had spent eight seasons as the assistant coach for her alma mater prior to taking over as the head coach. In her four years on the hardwood, she was the first Colonel to be named a two-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
In 2011-12, Austin-Robinson was named the SCAC Coach of the Year as well as the WBCA Region 5 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the WBCA/Russell Athletic National Coach of the Year after a 26-4 regular season, an SCAC regular season and tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
In 2004, Austin became only the sixth women’s basketball player in school history to be inducted into the Centre College Athletic Hall-of-Fame. One year later, she was the only Centre member of the SCAC 15th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team, which recognized the top basketball players in the first 15 years of the conference’s existence.
Austin, an all-SCAC 1st team center for three years, led the Colonels to four consecutive conference championships. She was named a Southern Region All-American as a junior and a third team NCAA All-American as a senior. For her career, Austin’s teams won 71 games as she became Centre’s all-time leader in rebounds with 773. Austin is one of twelve Colonels with over 1,000 career points. She finished her playing career in 1994 with 1,343 points, fourth on the all-time list.
Not only was she named the SCAC’s top player as both a junior and senior, but Austin also finished second in the voting as a sophomore. To this day, she still ranks in the top three in three different categories in conference history and is 34th in league history in career points.
In 2000, Austin received her master’s degree in sports administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Austin also spent 11 seasons as Centre head softball coach, twice being named the SCAC's Softball Coach of the Year, most recently in 2007 after leading the Colonels to a school record 23 wins and a birth in the tournament championship game.
A native of Burgin, Ky., Austin coached the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at King Middle School in Mercer County, where she also served as the athletic director. On June 28, 2003 she married Fred Robinson.