Known as T-Rob to friends, coaches and players at Auburn, the former Tiger wide receiver/defensive back and NFL player was with the Atlanta Falcons from 2002-2005 before returning to Auburn as a student assistant coach in 2006. Last season he was promoted to graduate assistant coach for the defensive staff and planned to handle the same assignment for the 2008 season.
"It is a great opportunity for me," Robinson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I felt I was ready for the job and I had a good interview at Western Kentucky with Coach (David) Elson. Hopefully, one day before the end of my career I can come back to Auburn University and help out my alma mater."
Robinson will coach the secondary at Western Kentucky, a program that is making the move from Division I-AA to I-A. Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville says he will miss Robinson. "I am excited T-Rob is getting this opportunity and I am sure he will do a good job," Tuberville says. "We are going to miss him, but we wish him the best."
Robinson says he appreciates the help Auburn's head coach has given him in landing a full-time job as well as giving him the opportunity to return to AU as a coaching apprentice.
"Coach Tuberville has been very supportive," Robinson says. "It is a good thing when a young man can get a job into the coaching profession. Coach Tuberville didn't want me to go, but he knows it is a great opportunity for me and my family and he wished me all of the luck. I am going up there and hopefully do a good job and hopefully Coach Tuberville will be able to hire me back one day."
Robinson is shown at an Auburn practice.
Finding a full-time coaching position on a Division I football staff can be difficult to do, something Robinson understands. "I got lucky on my first interview and was able to get a job," he says. "It is going to be a great experience and I am looking forward to it."
Auburn offensive graduate assistant, Joe Hollis, landed a full-time coaching position prior to the start of spring practice and is coaching the offensive line at Georgia Southern.
Robinson says he is excited about being involved in the Western Kentucky program as it makes the move to Division I football and he says that he is eager to do a good job for the Hilltoppers.
In 2006, Robinson helped defensive coordinator and secondary coach Will Muschamp with the safeties and in 2007 as a graduate assistant he helped with the cornerbacks and on-campus recruiting.