Nick Robinson enters his fourth season at Southern Utah University as the men’s basketball head coach. SUU Athletic Director Ken Beazer introduced Robinson on March 29, 2012 as the eighth head coach during the school’s history as a four-year institution.
The 2015-16 season marks Robinson’s 15th year of college basketball experience following his nine seasons as a college basketball staff member and his five seasons as a student-athlete.
During his third season at the helm, Robinson led the youngest roster in the Big Sky Conference to a 9th place finish (after being picked 12th in preseason polls). Not only did the team improve their overall record and conference record from the previous season, but they also led the Big Sky with 6 student-athletes on the 2014-15 Winter All-Academic team.
The Thunderbirds gained their first road victory of the 2014-15 season on a 40-foot buzzer beater by A.J. Hess that was nominated for 2015 Utah Governor’s State of Sport Awards Event/Highlight of the Year. As the team continued to improve, Robinson orchestrated a great conclusion to the season as the T-Birds won 5 of their final 8 games and narrowly missed their 2nd Big Sky Conference tournament appearance in three seasons.
With only one senior on the roster, the Thunderbirds finished the season in the Top 80 in the country in three-point field-goal percentage at 39.1% (22nd), field-goal percentage at 45.5% (76th), three-point field goals made per game at 7.2 (80th), adjusted tempo at 67.8 (39th), and bench minutes at 44.8% (4th). The 2014-15 team also saw a 10.3 point per game increase from the previous season as their 69.3 points per game average is the highest since 2005.
During his second season at the helm in 2013-14, Robinson and his staff guided and developed the 16th youngest team in the nation. Although the team’s record saw them endure one of the nation’s longest losing streaks, the Thunderbird’s youthful roster broke the streak by winning in their last home stand of the season.
Although young, the talented recruiting classes saw tremendous growth through the T-Bird’s individual skill development program that is crucial to building the program’s foundation. In addition, the Thunderbirds excelled in the classroom as they led the Big Sky with 6 student-athletes on the 2013-14 Winter All-Academic team and one student-athlete was named to the NABC Honors Court.
In 2012-13 during his first season, Robinson ushered the Thunderbirds into the Big Sky era, coaching the team to a sixth place finish and a conference tournament berth in his first season and SUU’s first season in the conference.
The Thunderbirds finished the season ranked among the nation’s Top 90 teams in blocked shots at 5.0 per game (30th), free throw percentage at 72.4% (73rd), and rebounding margin at +3.0 (88th). The team 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.
Both Jackson Stevenett and Damon Heuir earned all-Big Sky honors in 2012-13 after ranking second and third in the conference in scoring, respectively. Stevenett also ranked 67th in the nation in scoring (17.6 ppg) and 27th in free throw percentage (.867).
The 2012-13 team also excelled in the classroom as the Thunderbirds earned a spot on the NABC’s Academic Excellence Team. They were second in the Big Sky with 5 student-athletes on the 2012-13 Winter All-Academic team and 4 student-athletes were named to the NABC Honors Court.
Robinson came to SUU from Louisiana State University, where he spent three seasons on the staff and contributed to the program’s return to post season play after a two-year drought and the development of one future NBA player. Prior to his time at LSU, Robinson served one season on the staff at William Jewell College where they defeated the #1 team in the country in the first round of the NAIA D-1 Tournament.
Prior to William Jewell, Robinson served two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Stanford University. He contributed to the development of three future NBA players and assisted the team as they reached the 2007 NCAA Tournament and the 2008 NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the Sweet 16.
Robinson played his college basketball at Stanford from 2001-05, where he was instrumental in guiding the Cardinal to an impressive 92-34 record, 4 trips to the NCAA Tournament, a Pac-10 championship, and a No. 1 national ranking during the 2003-04 season.
After redshirting in 2000-01, Robinson went on to start 67 of the 110 games he played in. Known for his outstanding defensive play and leadership abilities, Robinson was named Best Defensive Player three times by his teammates and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons.
During the 2003-04 season, Robinson’s game-winning shot against Arizona was nominated for an ESPN ESPY’s “Best Moment” when he helped steal the ball, took two dribbles across half-court and fired home a 35-foot three-point shot as time expired.
A native of Liberty, Mo., Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. He and his wife, Meagan, are the parents of four children, Annie, Tate, Toby and Elsie.
· Stanford University – M.A. in Sociology: Organizations, Business, and Economy
· Stanford University – B.A. in Political Science: American Politics
· Wife – Meagan
· Daughters – Annie (11), Elsie (1)
· Sons – Tate (7), Toby (5)