Nick Robinson, who has been a major part of Coach Trent Johnson’s basketball program at both LSU and Stanford, begins his first season as assistant coach for the Tigers after serving one year as Coach Johnson’s executive assistant and one season as Director of Operations.
For Robinson, it marks his 11th year of college basketball experience putting together his outstanding playing career at Stanford and his days as a college basketball staff member.
While Robinson will still be involved in some of the operational aspects of the program as a full-time assistant, he will now return to the road as a recruiter and be back on the floor assisting with practice, player development, game coaching and preparation duties as assigned by Coach Johnson.
Prior to joining Coach Johnson’s staff at LSU, Robinson served as an assistant coach at William Jewell College for one season (2008-09) under the tutelage of head coach Larry Holley. That followed his first stint (2006-08) as an assistant coach with Johnson’s Stanford program. At both locations, Robinson assisted in recruiting, opponent scouting, game preparation, player development and worked as a position coach for the forwards.
Robinson got his coaching start at the prep level, serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico during the 2005-06 season for head coach Brian Smith. After serving in this capacity, Robinson joined Coach Johnson’s staff at Stanford as the Director of Operations. He was promoted to assistant coach in June 2006.
As an assistant coach under Johnson at Stanford, Robinson contributed to the development of future NBA players Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez and Landry Fields as the Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and reached the Sweet 16 in 2008.
Robinson played his college basketball at Stanford, 2001-05, where he was instrumental in guiding the Cardinal to an impressive 92-34 record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament, a Pac-10 championship in 2003-04 and a No. 1 national ranking during the 2003-04 season. 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 successful 35-foot three-point shot as time expired.
After redshirting in 2000-01, Robinson went on to start 67 of the 110 games he played in for the Cardinal under Johnson (2004-05) and head coach Mike Montgomery (2001-04). Three times in his career, Robinson was named the winner of the Howie Dallmar Coaches Award, presented to the Stanford student-athlete who displayed excellence on-and-off the court. He also was tabbed to the District VIII Capital One Bank University Division All-Academic First Team his senior year.
A native of Liberty, Mo., Robinson attended Liberty High where he was a three-year starter and earned first-team All-State honors. During his senior season, Liberty earned an undefeated season, 31-0, and a state championship.
Robinson, a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection, graduated from Stanford in 2005 with a master’s degree in Sociology and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Robinson and his wife, Meagan, have a daughter Annie (7) and two sons, Tate (3) and Toby (2).
The Robinson File
Year: Third (first as assistant)
Birth Date: Nov. 2, 1979
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah
College: Stanford, 2005 (BA, MA)
Children: Annie (7), Tate (3), Toby (2)
College Coaching Experience
2006: Basketball Operations, Stanford
2006-08: Assistant Coach, Stanford
2008-09: Assistant Coach, William Jewell College
2009-10: Exec. Asst. to Head Coach, LSU
2010-11: Director of Operations, LSU
2011 — Assistant Coach, LSU