Nick Robinson
Nick Robinson
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Liberty, Mo.
Alma Mater: Stanford
Graduating Year: 2005
Phone: 435-865-8063

Nick Robinson took the reins of Southern Utah’s men’s basketball program on March 29, 2012, becoming the eighth head men’s basketball coach in the school’s four-year history.

During his first season at SUU Coach Robinson helped usher the Thunderbirds into the Big Sky era, coaching the team to a sixth place finish and a playoff berth in its first season in the conference. That year also the Thunderbirds finished the season ranked among the nation’s top 100 teams in blocked shots (30th with 5.0 per game), free throw percentage (73rd, .724) and rebounding margin (88th, plus-3.0) and also became the first Big Sky team to win its first three league games in its first season in the conference since Boise State accomplished the feat back in 1970-71.

Two of Robinson’s players, Jackson Stevenett and Damon Heuir, earned all-Big Sky honors in 2012-13 after ranking second and third in the conference in scoring, with Stevenett also ranking 67th in the nation in scoring (17.6 ppg) and 27th in free throw percentage (.867). A third Thunderbird, Jayson Cheesman, finished the season 62nd in the NCAA with 1.94 blocks per game and his 60 last year are the second-most in a season at SUU. The team also excelled in the classroom as the Thunderbirds earned a spot on the NABC’s Academic Excellence Team and placed four individuals on the NABC Honors Court based on their academic accomplishments.

Robinson guided the Thunderbirds through a difficult season in 2013-14, working to develop one of the youngest rosters in the nation into a foundation that the program will be able to build around. His recruiting efforts also brought a talented group of newcomers to Southern Utah that will be pivotal in achieving his vision for the team’s future.

A 2005 graduate of Stanford University, Robinson came to SUU from Louisiana State University, where he spent three seasons on the staff. Prior to his time at LSU Robinson served a season on the staff at William Jewell College and two seasons as an assistant coach at Stanford.    

During the 2003-04 season, Robinson’s game-winning shot against Arizona was nominated for an ESPN ESPY Best Moment. The play included him helping to steal the ball, taking two dribbles across half-court and firing home a 35-footer as time expired to defeat the Wildcats.          

A native of Liberty, Mo., Coach Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford. He and his wife, Meagan, are the parents of four children, Annie, Tate, Toby and Elsie Jane.