UNC Announces Hiring of Robinson

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina has hired Joe Robinson as its defensive line coach, the school announced on Friday. Robinson joins the Tar Heels after serving the last three seasons as the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at LSU. 

"Joe is a tremendous defensive line coach who has a well rounded resume with experience at several different positions," said UNC head coach Butch Davis. "We had several outstanding candidates for the position and Joe was the best fit for our staff and players."

Robinson previously worked with UNC defensive coordinator Everett Withers at Southern Mississippi in the early 1990s.       

      "Joe is a great person and an even better coach," said Withers. "He does a great job with the kids, teaching them the fundamentals and helping them grow through the college experience. He is a great fit for this staff and will help our defensive linemen become better players."

Robinson has coached a variety of positions during his coaching career, including defensive line, special teams, linebackers and running backs. He also has experience as a recruiting coordinator at Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.  He began his college coaching career at Louisiana Tech where he served as a defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 1990-91. Robinson then coached seven seasons at Southern Miss where he tutored the defensive line (1992-93), linebackers (1994-95) and special teams (1996-98).

Most recently, he was responsible for LSU's outstanding special teams units and was a defensive line assistant for the Tigers. Last year, LSU ranked among the top 20 in the country in total defense (12th), sacks (17th), net punting (13th), punt returns (4th) and kickoff returns (8th). He coached LSU All-America Patrick Peterson who finished fourth in the nation in punt returns and ninth in kickoff returns. Peterson is expected to be among the top five picks in April's NFL Draft.

In 2009, LSU's special teams combined to rank No. 1 overall in the SEC as the Tigers led the league in both kickoff coverage (44.5 net average) and punt returns (18.9). LSU was the only team in the league to rank among the top three in the conference in four special teams categories. The Tigers also ranked 26th in the nation in total defense that season. Kick returner Trinton Holliday led the SEC and ranked No. 2 in the nation in punt returns and was selected in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. 

Robinson coached defensive ends and special teams for four seasons at Arizona from 2004-07. He coached a number of outstanding special teams performers with the Wildcats,including NFL draft picks Antoine Cason, (1st round by San Diego), Nick Folk (6th round by Dallas) and Syndric Steptoe (7th round by Cleveland). At Arizona, Robinson coached on the same staff as current UNC wide receivers coach Charlie Williams. 

A 1985 graduate of LSU, Robinson's first coaching job came as an assistant at Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee in 1986. He was promoted to head coach in 1987. Robinson spent the 1988 season as the defensive coordinator at Bastrop High School before spending the next threeyears at Louisiana Tech. 

Robinson also coached at Houston (2002) and Central Florida (2003). He has coached in seven bowl games, including three straight at LSU.

A native of Abilene, Texas, Robinson earned his bachelor's degree from LSU in 1985 followed by a master's degree from Southern Mississippi in 1994. Robinson and his wife Abby have three daughters – Alexandra, Madeline and Valerie.  

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