Daniyal Robinson named men’s basketball coach at Cleveland State University
CLEVELAND- Daniyal Robinson has been named Cleveland State’s 17th men’s basketball head coach, vice president and athletic director Scott Garrett announced today.
“After a very thorough national search for our next head coach, I am thrilled to have Daniyal, his wife Kim and their three children Devyn, Reece and Reid join our team,” Garrett shared. “Daniyal’s vision for CSU basketball fully aligns with our foundation of championship success in the classroom, in the community and on the court. We look forward to fully supporting Coach Robinson’s success and continuing our acceleration under his direction.”
“Daniel Robinson’s core values and his lifelong commitment to developing student-athletes on and off the court embody who we all are at CSU,” added Cleveland State President Harlan Sands. . “He is the right leader at the right time for us, and Scott Garrett and I look forward to working with him to advance the upward trajectory of our men’s basketball program.”
Robinson, most recently an assistant coach at Iowa State University, will be featured Wednesday, April 6 at 2 p.m. ET inside the CSU Student Center. The introductory press conference will be broadcast live on the Cleveland State Athletics homepages and CSUOhio.edu.
Robinson joins the Vikings as a veteran of the coaching ranks with more than 21 years of experience at the NCAA Division I level and multiple trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a run with Iowa State at the Sweet Sixteen. of this year.
“My family and I are very excited about this opportunity here at Cleveland State,” Robinson said. “When I met President Sands and Scott, I knew this was where we wanted to be. The shared values that President Sands and Scott have, the program where he is, they did it together the past three years and our goal here is to continue to build on the success that CSU has had and the foundation that has been laid. We want to build our young men on and off the court. We are very excited about this opportunity. Go Vikes!”
Respected as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches, Robinson wrapped up his second stint at Iowa State where he saw the Cyclones win two Big 12 tournaments and qualify for the NCAA Tournament four times, which includes runs to the Sweet 16. in 2016 and 2021. During his two stops with the Cyclones, Robinson helped coach 12 NBA student-athletes, a roster that includes 2020 and 2019 second-round lottery pick Tyrese Haliburton and NBA champion Talen Horton Tucker.
The Cyclones have spent much of his tenure in the national rankings, reaching No. 4 in the nation and finishing in the top 25 three times, which includes a No. 23 ranking in the nation to close out the 2021-22 campaign. .
Robinson returned to Iowa State for the 2015-16 season after two seasons at Loyola (Chicago). There he helped lead the Ramblers to 24 wins and the College Basketball Invitational title in 2014-15.
During his first stint at Iowa State, Robinson played a key role in the development of three future NBA players, including Craig Brackins, an American student-athlete and 2010 NBA draft 21st pick Diante Garrett. and justin. Hamilton.
Robinson, a native of Rock Island, Ill., also made coaching stops in Houston, Ill., and his alma mater, Arkansas-Little Rock.
Off the court, Robinson founded and currently chairs the Black Assistant Coaches Alliance (BACA) and he launched the Ramblers for Education program, which connected Loyola student-athletes and the Chicago community. He also served on the Iowa State Athletic Department’s Cultural Humility Committee, a group of employees who participate in educational trainings with the goal of achieving cultural humility within the department.
Robinson was a student-athlete at Indian Hills Community College before transferring to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was honored with second-team all-regions at Indian Hills, where he helped lead the Warriors to a 35-4 record in the 1995-96 season. Indian Hills finished the regular season ranked as the No. 1 team in the NJCAA poll that year and qualified for the National Championship Tournament. He graduated from Arkansas-Little Rock in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in health education.
Robinson is joined in Cleveland by his wife Kim and three children – Devyn, Reece and Reid. Devyn is currently a star on the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT HEAD COACH DANIYAL ROBINSON:
PORTER MOSER – HEAD COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
“Daniyal Robinson was with me from the start of my head coaching career and helped me create three different programs. He was instrumental in laying the foundations and developing a championship program at Loyola. Daniyal is an energetic, hardworking and top-level coach who has an incredible impact on the development of young men. He has an incredible gift for bringing people together on and off the pitch. He has the ability to combine love , trust and responsibility as well as anyone I’ve ever seen in this profession Cleveland State not only get a great basketball head coach, but they get a great person, a great family man and a amazing family in the Robinsons.”
CRAIG ROBINSON – PRESIDENT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES
“I couldn’t be happier for Daniyal and Cleveland St. The Vikings have a great, promising young coach who will lead with character and integrity to support his passion for young people. While Daniyal has a great opportunity to start his career with a program which has been and will continue to be a success.”
TJ OTZELBERGER – HEAD COACH AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
“Daniyal is a proven leader, a winner, and a man of character. He is elite at cultivating meaningful relationships that enhance the college experience for every student-athlete. This is a circuit hire for the Cleveland State and look forward to following the future success of the Vikings men’s basketball program.”
JAMIE POLLARD – DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AT IOWA STATE
“Coach Robinson is a wonderful husband, father and coach, who has been instrumental in the success of Iowa State basketball in the seven years he has been on our team, and I’m thrilled that he has the opportunity to lead the Cleveland State program. I know how hard he’s worked and prepared for this moment. I think that says a lot about character and Daniyal’s abilities that he was able to work for three different coaches during his time with the Cyclones, which is rare in today’s world. will find in Danyial a connector who has exceptional relationships not only with his players, but also with outside the community. Coach Robinson and his family will be great additions to the Cleveland State family, and I look forward to cheering on the Vikings from Ames.”
SHAKA SMART – HEAD COACH AT MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
“Daniyal is a terrific recruit. He has a great basketball spirit, bonds really well with the players, and is a tireless recruiter. I’m so happy to support the program he’s building at Cleveland State!”
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