LSU assistant coach Nick Robinson was officially introduced as the new head coach at Southern Utah at a press conference Thursday in Cedar City, Utah.
Part of the LSU staff for three seasons, Robinson takes over a program that will move into the Big Sky Conference for the 2012-13 season after competing in the Summitt Conference. SUU finished 14-17 this past season under veteran coach Roger Reid, who recently announced his retirement.
The 32-year-old Robinson played college basketball at Stanford from 2001-05, where he was instrumental in guiding the Cardinal to an impressive 92-34 record and four trips to the NCAA Tournament.
"I feel that my responsibility as the next head men's basketball coach here is to help the young men that come through this program to develop intellectually, culturally, socially and on the basketball court as well," Robinson said at his press conference to announce his appointment. "That's going to be our No. 1 responsibility – to make sure the guys that come through the program are students first, that they improve athletically, but they're on track to graduate so they can move forward and have options, whether that's in the business world, in education, or even playing at the next level."
Robinson spent six of the last seven seasons working for LSU coach Trent Johnson, three at Stanford and the last three in Baton Rouge.
"On a personal note I'd like to thank Coach Trent Johnson, the head coach at LSU who I've been extremely fortunate to work for as well as play for," Robinson said. "I am grateful for his understanding and support throughout the entire process over the past couple of weeks; I'm grateful for all that he's taught me, for the responsibilities he's given me, for him as a mentor and once again, I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to work for him."
Johnson issued a statement about Robinson, saying "I want to congratulate Nick Robinson. I cannot express my excitement for Nick. This is a great fit for both Nick and for Southern Utah. Having recruited him as a player at Stanford, it has been great to see his development first as a player and later as an assistant coach and I believe he is going to do extraordinary things as a head coach. I wish Nick and his family nothing but the best in the future."
The process to replace Robinson could be a quick one. Johnson said he had candidates in mind, but declined to comment on them for now.
LSU assistant takes Southern Utah post
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