April 7, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown University men's basketball coach Craig Robinson has stepped down as head coach of the Bears to become the head coach at Oregon State University of the Pac-10 Conference. The announcement was made at a 7:00 p.m. EST press conference in Corvallis, Oregon.
"I'm delighted for Craig, but having him leave Brown is a big loss for our university," said Brown Athletic Director Michael Goldberger. "Craig did a fabulous job at Brown. He was successful on the court, he connected with the student-athletes and was a role model for all students. Craig made this a better basketball program. While Craig's success has made our search to hire a top coach much easier, I wish we didn't lose him."
Robinson won more games (30) in his first two years at Brown than any other head coach in school history, posting a 30-28 two-year mark. He coached the Bears to a school record 19 victories in 2007-2008, winning 10 of their last 11 regular season games, while shattering the previous school record of 17 wins.
The second-year Brown coach also led the Bears to their fourth ever post-season tournament berth, competing in the College Basketball Invitational. Robinson's team posted an 11-3 Ivy League mark, second best in Brown history, and good for second place in the Ivy standings.
Robinson, the 2008 Rhode Island Division I Coach of the Year, coached Brown to its first ever sweep of Princeton and Penn, including a 32-point victory over Penn, giving the Quakers their largest Ivy League loss ever. As a team, Brown set a single season record with 227 three-point field goals.
A national search for his successor will be launched immediately.