Robinson named Michigan defensive coordinator
Jan. 20, 2009
(From the University of Michigan)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Greg Robinson, a two-time Super Bowl winning coach and four-time Rose Bowl winner, has been named the football program’s defensive coordinator by University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez. Robinson spent the past four seasons as the head coach at Syracuse University (2005-08).
“Greg brings a wealth of experience as a defensive coordinator, both at the collegiate and professional level,” said Rodriguez. “We are excited to have Greg, Laura and their entire family, join our Michigan family. I know that Greg will work well with our defensive staff, entire football staff and players.
Robinson was the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at The University of Texas during the 2004 season prior to assuming head coaching duties at Syracuse. He spent 10 of his 14 years coaching in the NFL as a defensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs (2001-03), Denver Broncos (1995-2000) and New York Jets (1994). He was the Jets’ defensive line coach for four seasons (1990-93) prior to his appointment as the franchises’ defensive coordinator.
Robinson was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator during the organization’s run to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 1997 and 1998. His teams qualified for the playoffs in seven of his 14 seasons in professional football.
At the collegiate level, Robinson compiled an 8-0 mark in bowl games, including four Rose Bowl victories at the University of Texas (2004) and UCLA (1982, 1983 and 1985). He spent eight years with the UCLA Bruins, coaching the defensive line for seven seasons (1982-88) and coordinating the offense during the 1989 campaign. Robinson had collegiate stints at North Carolina State (1980-81), Cal State Fullerton (1977-79) and the University of the Pacific (1975-76).
A Los Angeles, Calif., native, Robinson played linebacker at Bakersfield Community College (1970-71) before enrolling at Pacific for his final three seasons (1972-74). He graduated from Pacific with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1975. Robinson and his wife, Laura, have three children: Dominic, Lindsay and Leslie.
ADDITIONAL QUOTES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Mack Brown on Greg Robinson: I'm excited for Greg and Laura to join the great Michigan tradition and happy for Rich, his staff and the Wolverines program because they're getting a super family and one of the best defensive coordinators in the country. Greg's a high energy, creative, hard-working guy who has had success at both the NFL and collegiate levels. He's a veteran coach with a wealth of knowledge who the players really respond to. His season here in 2004 produced one of the best defenses in Texas history and helped set the stage for our National Championship season in 2005.
Former Longhorn LB Derrick Johnson, 2004 Nagurski Trophy and Butkus Award winner on Greg Robinson: The first thing I think about when I think of Coach Robinson is his passion for coaching and love of the game. He's a players coach who is very patient with his players and works well with everyone. He knows how to get his point across about what he expects and has you prepared for everything on game day. He's a guy who has a lot of experience and has won Super Bowls so you know he knows what he's doing. Then, when you get working in his defense, you really see it because he puts you in a position to make plays. He's always adding in new wrinkles for the defense to keep the offense off balance. When he came in my senior year, he tweaked his defense to the players we had and helped me become a better player. I was making plays before that but his style allowed me to make even more and all over the field. He was great for Texas and I think he'll do great things at Michigan.