SUU Basketball: Nick Robinson Announced as New Head Coach

Samuel BensonContributor IIIApril 9, 2012

Nick Robinson will become the next head coach of Southern Utah University's men's basketball team, athletic director Ken Beazer has announced.

Robinson, who graduated from Stanford in 2005, has been on the staff at Louisiana State since 2009. Before LSU, he worked for William Jewell College and Stanford.

While in college, his teammates named him Best Defensive Player three times, and he was a team captain his junior and senior seasons.

Robinson was nominated for the 2004 ESPY "Best Moment" award for his 35-foot buzzer beater against Arizona. He lost the award to Brett Favre.

"Nick is exactly what this program needs," Beazer said. "He comes to us with the highest of recommendations. He's a tireless worker and an outstanding recruiter and we believe that he and his family will fit well into the community."

The Thunderbirds will enter the Big Sky Conference next season, and Robinson will try to get the program back on its feet. SUU has compiled an unimpressive 54-97 record the past five seasons, but Robinson said this isn't his only goal.

“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,” he said.

“That’s going to be our number-one 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."

Hopefully Nick Robinson will help to get the program back on track next year and in the years to come.