Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson
Position: Head Coach
Brown men's basketball coach Craig Robinson made an immediate impact on the Brown basketball team in just one year at the helm of the program, being named the Ivy League Men's Basketball Coach of the Year by Basketball U. A six-year assistant coach at Northwestern and a former two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Robinson was named the 29th head coach in Brown University's 101-year basketball history on June 15, 2006. "Craig has all the tools to be successful at the Division I level - leadership, character, and coaching ability," said Brown Athletic Director Michael Goldberger. "As a former Ivy League athlete, Craig knows what it takes to compete at an Ivy League institution, both academically and athletically." In his first season at Brown, Robinson guided the Bears to an improved 11-18 mark, 6-8 in the Ivy League, finishing fifth in the league. He led the Bears to a stunning 51-41 victory over Providence College, limiting the Friars to 14 second half points and 18 percent shooting from the floor in the second half (4 of 22). His Brown team also limited NCAA-bound Michigan State to 45 points, its lowest point total of the season. Robinson led Brown to its second ever season sweep over Princeton, including a win over his alma mater in Princeton, Brown's third-ever win at the Tigers home court. His team allowed just 33 points in a 53-33 win over Dartmouth, the fewest number of points scored at the Pizzitola Sports Center and the fewest points allowed by a Brown team in 27 years. Robinson also helped develop first team All-Ivy junior guard Mark McAndrew, who led the Ivy League in scoring with 18.6 points per game after scoring just 1.2 points per game the year prior. Robinson came to Brown from Northwestern University where he spent six seasons with the Wildcats under head coach Bill Carmody, the former head coach at Princeton. Robinson's relationship with Carmody dates to the 1982-83 basketball season when Robinson, a senior captain, led Princeton to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and Carmody was in his first year as an assistant coach with the Tigers. At Northwestern, Robinson developed and implemented its recruiting technology and was responsible for local, national and international recruiting efforts. He was an integral part of Northwestern's dramatic turnaround, helping the Wildcats to the most wins in a four-year period in school history with 57 wins from the 2001-2002 to the 2004-2005 season. Robinson also helped with Northwestern being ranked number nine in the nation in scoring defense (58.8 points per game) in 2005-2006. A 1983 graduate of Princeton with an AB degree in Sociology, Robinson is considered one of the top players in Ivy League basketball history. He ranks fourth on Princeton's all-time scoring list with 1,441 points, and led the Ivy League in field goal percentage in 1982 (.577) and 1983 (.642). Robinson was also the league's first two-time honoree as Ivy League Player of the Year, sharing the honor in 1982 before winning it outright in 1983. Robinson, who played under legendary Princeton coach Pete Carrill, helped lead the Tigers to two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure (1981 and 1983). His 16 rebounds in a NCAA Tournament win over Oklahoma State in 1983 rank fifth in the Ivy League record book for NCAA games. After graduating from Princeton with a degree in sociology, Robinson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He played two seasons with the Manchester (England) Giants of the European Basketball League. In addition, he served as the assistant to the General Manager and public relations officer for Manchester. Robinson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1988-90. He was responsible for offense implementation, game strategy, recruiting and advance scouting. He was also the head coach at the University of Chicago High School in 1999-2000. Robinson, who also has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1992), took a hiatus from coaching and went into private business in 1990. He was a Vice President for Continental Bank from 1990-92, Vice President for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter from 1992-99, and then Managing Director for Loop Capital Markets before he made his move to Northwestern. A native of Chicago, Robinson has a 15-year-old son, Avery, and an 11-year-old daughter, Leslie. He and his wife, Kelly, reside in the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island.