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Joe Robinson
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 12, 2006
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Fourth Year at Arizona

19 Years in Coaching

?* Helped Danny Baugher earn first-team All-America honors and become a finalist for the Ray Guy Award after leading the nation in punting in 2005. Coached his backup, place kicker Nick Folk, to the unofficialleague lead in punting after an injury to Baugher.


?* Coached defensive end Copeland Bryan to team-high 10.5 TFL and 7.5 sacks, earn second-team All-Pac-10 honors and position himself for a spot in the 2006 NFL draft.  Helped DE Johnathan Turner earn freshman All-America honors in 2005.


?* Helped Baugher position himself for a solid NFL opportunity in summer 2006 camp.


?* The Cats rated 15th nationally in kick returns in 2005, and 26th in net punting. Helped Arizona improve its field goal kicking by 40 percent and kick returning by 15 percent effectiveness in his first year.


?* UA senior defensive end Andre Torrey led team with 15 tackles for loss, earned 2005 NFL free agent deal.


?* Robinson’s 2003 special teams units at Central Florida blocked seven kicks ?- four punts and three field goals ?- and punter Matt Prater led the nation with a 47.95 average on 58 kicks.


?* The 2003 UCF club was second nationally with a 41.9 net punting average, and returners Luther Huggins and Tavaris Capers ranked nationally ?- Huggins at No. 25 with a 25.44 kickoff return average and Capers at No. 51 with a 9.67-yard punt return average.


?* Matt Prater, a Ray Guy Award candidate in 2003, earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors under Robinson at Central Florida.


?* At Houston, Robinson helped the Cougars lead Conference USA in net punting (35.9) after finishing 10th the year before. Coached Houston field goal kicker Dustin Bell, who hit 12-of-14 tries and was a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2002.


?* Robinson coached running back Joe Smith of Louisiana Tech in 2001 to second-team All-WAC honors, gaining more yards than a Tech back had in seven seasons.


?* His 1997 special teams at Southern Miss led the nation in kick returns in 1997 and posted top-10 finishes in five other categories during his tenure in Hattiesburg.  Part of the 1997 Southern Mississippi Conference USA Championship staff.


?* The 1994 defensive unit at Southern Miss helped the team lead the nation in turnovers gained in 1994.


?* In Robinson’s first stint at Louisiana Tech, his defensive line helped the defense rank eighth nationally in rushing defense in 1991 and ranked 19th in scoring defense in 1990.



            Joe Robinson’s background with special teams made him a strong addition to Mike Stoops’ staff. Robinson coaches defensive ends and serves as special teams coordinator. His work in his first two years helped re-define Arizona’s focus on defense.


            Robinson, 45, has more than a decade of experience as either a recruiting or special teams coordinator, and he has coached on both sides of the ball. He was special teams coordinator in 2003 at Central Florida, special teams coordinator at Houston in 2002, running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana Tech in 2001, and spent seven seasons with Southern Mississippi from 1992 to 1998.


            At Southern Mississippi, Robinson was special teams coordinator for the last three years of his tenure, and he was recruiting coordinator during the last six years. He coached linebackers from 1994 to 1996, and coached the defensive line in 1992 and 1993. Prior to that post, he coached for three years at Louisiana Tech ?- the first in 1989 as a graduate assistant and from 1990-91 as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.


            Robinson began his career shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree in education from Louisiana State in 1985. He was defensive coordinator at Catholic High of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, La., in 1986, and then was head coach at Pointe Coupee in 1987. In 1988, he served as defensive coordinator at Bastrop, La., High School.


Robinson’s Coaching history

1986       Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, New Roads, La., DC

1987       Catholic High of Pointe Coupee, Head Coach

1988       Bastrop, La., High school, Defensive Coordinator

1989       Louisiana Tech, Graduate assistant

1990-91   Louisiana Tech, Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator

1992       Southern Mississippi, Defensive Line

1993       Southern Mississippi, DL/Recruiting Coordinator

1994-96  Southern Mississippi, Linebackers/Recruiting Coordinator

1996-98  Southern Mississippi, Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator

1999-00  Private business, financial services

2001       Louisiana Tech, Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator

2002       Houston, Special Teams Coordinator

2003       Central Florida, Special Teams Coordinator

2004       Arizona, Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Ends coach

2005       Arizona, Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Ends coach

2006       Arizona, Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Ends coach

Robinson in Bowl GAMES

1990    Independence Bowl, Louisiana Tech, DL coach/RC

1997    Liberty Bowl, Southern Mississippi, ST coordinator/RC

1998    Humanitarian Bowl, Southern Mississippi, ST coordinator/RC

2001    Humanitarian Bowl, Louisiana Tech, running backs coach/RC

The Robinson File

Birthdate:               Sept. 12, 1960, Abilene Texas

High School:          Fairmont East High School, Kettering, Ohio, 1978

College:                  Louisiana State ?'85

Advanced Degree:   Master’s, Southern Miss ?'94

Family:                    Wife, Abby; daughters Alexandra,Madeline and Valerie

Recruiting Areas:     San Francisco Bay Area, East Texas, Texas/Kansas JCs, Bakersfield

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