Glenn Robinson (coach)

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For the retired professional basketball player, see Glenn Robinson.
Glenn Robinson
Glenn Robinson.tif
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Franklin & Marshall College
Biographical details
Born (1944-11-13) November 13, 1944 (age 70)
Yeadon, Pennsylvania
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971-present Franklin & Marshall College
Head coaching record
Overall 833-305
Tournaments 43-27 NCAA
19-8 CC
22-7 MAC

Glenn R. Robinson (born November 13, 1944) is the men’s basketball coach at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Robinson began his 40th season at Franklin and Marshall in 2010. He is the all time wins leader in Division III men's basketball history with over 800 career victories.

Robinson grew up in Yeadon, Pennsylvania. He played high school basketball and baseball at Lansdowne-Aldan High School and then attended West Chester University, where he continued a standout career in both sports. Robinson graduated from West Chester in 1967 and was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.[1]

Robinson came to Franklin and Marshall in 1968 as an assistant coach and became the head coach in 1971. Robinson’s first season saw Franklin and Marshall improve to 7-14 and then again to 11-13 in his second season at the helm. The 1974 team achieved a record of 13-11, the program’s best season since 1959. Robinson led the Diplomats to a school record 17 wins in 1976. He would go on to reset that record again in 1977 with 22 wins, 1979 with 27, 1991 with 28, and finally in 1996 with 29 victories.[2]

Throughout his tenure, Robinson has coached numerous All-Americans. Former player and All-American Donnie Marsh is currently an assistant coach at UAB. Marsh also served as an assistant under Mike Davis at Indiana University from 2004-2006.[3] Chris Finch, another one of Robinson's 15 All-Americans, is currently the offensive coach of the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Finch also played professionally and coached in Europe for several seasons and serves as the head coach for Great Britain men’s national team.

Robinson has coached the Diplomats to the NCAA Division III Tournament 23 times, most recently in 2012, when the team reached the Elite Eight and finished with a 28-3 record. His teams have advanced to the Sweet 16 on 16 occasions and to the Elite Eight 10 times. Robinson has also led the Diplomats to five Final Fours, in 1979, 1991, 1996, 2000, and 2009. His 1991 team finished as National Runner-Up after falling to Wisconsin-Platteville in the national championship. He was named the Basketball Times Division III "Coach of the Year" in 1991 and has been named National Association of Basketball Coaches "Coach of the Year" 12 times, most recently in 2004, after guiding the Diplomats to a 26-4 record, Centennial Conference title, and Elite Eight appearance.[4]

Robinson's success reached a high point when he became the all-time wins leader in Division III history by winning his 667th game against Muhlenberg College on February 14, 2004. Robinson is one of only 18 coaches in NCAA history to amass 750 career wins, putting him on the list with coaches like Bobby Knight, Dean Smith, and Mike Krzyzewski. Entering the 2010 season, Robinson sat in seventh place on the all time list, trailing coaches like Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and Jim Calhoun of Connecticut.[5]

On February 10, 2011, Robinson won his 800th career game vs Gettysburg.

Beyond the wins, Robinson has achieved a near perfect graduation rate of his players. Of all the players to play for Robinson and earn a varsity letter, all but one have gone on to earn their degrees.[6]

Personal[edit]

Robinson has been married to Kathy for over 40 years.[7] He is a Presbyterian.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Franklin & Marshall (Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC)) (1974–1993)
1971-72 Franklin & Marshall 7-14 -- -- None
1972-73 Franklin & Marshall 11-13 -- -- None
1973-74 Franklin & Marshall 13-11 7-6 -- MAC 0-1
1974-75 Franklin & Marshall 16-11 8-3 -- MAC Champions, NCAA 0-2
1975-76 Franklin & Marshall 17-8 9-3 -- MAC 1-1
1976-77 Franklin & Marshall 22-5 12-0 -- MAC 0-1, NCAA 1-1
1977-78 Franklin & Marshall 16-10 8-4 -- MAC 0-1
1978-79 Franklin & Marshall 27-5 11-11 -- MAC Champions, NCAA Final Four
1979-80 Franklin & Marshall 18-7 8-4 -- None
1980-81 Franklin & Marshall 26-3 10-2 -- MAC Champions, NCAA 1-1
1981-82 Franklin & Marshall 17-9 9-3 -- MAC 0-1
1982-83 Franklin & Marshall 15-10 6-6 -- None
1983-84 Franklin & Marshall 21-8 10-2 -- MAC Champions, NCAA 0-2
1984-85 Franklin & Marshall 8-17 3-9 -- None
1985-86 Franklin & Marshall 19-10 9-3 -- MAC Champions, NCAA 1-1
1986-87 Franklin & Marshall 22-7 10-2 -- MAC 1-1, NCAA 1-1
1987-88 Franklin & Marshall 24-5 10-2 -- MAC Championship, NCAA 1-1
1988-89 Franklin & Marshall 27-3 12-0 -- MAC Champions, NCAA Elite Eight
1989-90 Franklin & Marshall 24-4 10-2 -- MAC Champions, NCAA Second Round
1990-91 Franklin & Marshall 28-3 11-1 -- NCAA Finalist
1991-92 Franklin & Marshall 26-4 10-2 -- MAC Champions, NCAA Elite Eight
1992-93 Franklin & Marshall 24-4 11-1 -- MAC Champions, NCAA Sweet 16
' (Centennnial Conference) (1993–present)
1993-94 Franklin & Marshall 26-2 13-0 -- CC Champions, NCAA Sweet 16
1994-95 Franklin & Marshall 27-2 13-0 -- CC 1-1, NCAA Sweet 16
1995-96 Franklin & Marshall 29-3 12-1 -- CC Champions, NCAA Final Four
1996-97 Franklin & Marshall 11-13 5-8 -- None
1997-98 Franklin & Marshall 14-11 9-4 -- CC 0-1
1998-99 Franklin & Marshall 22-5 12-1 -- CC 0-1, NCAA Second Round
1999-00 Franklin & Marshall 25-7 11-2 -- CC Champions, NCAA Final Four
2000-01 Franklin & Marshall 18-7 10-3 -- CC 0-1
2001-02 Franklin & Marshall 24-5 11-2 -- CC 1-1, ECAC South Region Champions
2002-03 Franklin & Marshall 25-5 10-3 -- CC 1-1, ECAC South Region Champions
2003-04 Franklin & Marshall 26-4 17-1 -- CC Champions, NCAA Elite Eight
2004-05 Franklin & Marshall 23-7 14-4 -- CC 1-1, ECAC South Region Champions
2005-06 Franklin & Marshall 13-12 8-10 -- None
2006-07 Franklin & Marshall 8-17 7-11 -- None
2007-08 Franklin & Marshall 12-13 7-11 -- None
2008-09 Franklin & Marshall 26-7 14-4 -- CC 1-1, NCAA Final Four
2009-10 Franklin & Marshall 26-5 15-3 -- CC Champions, NCAA Elite Eight
2010-11 Franklin & Marshall 23-6 15-3 -- CC Champions, NCAA Second Round
2011-12 Franklin & Marshall 28-3 16-2 -- CC Champions, NCAA Elite Eight
Total: 833-305

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Career highlights[edit]

  • 12-time NABC Coach of the Year
  • 1991 Basketball Times Division III Coach of the Year
  • 2009 D3Hoops.com Coach of the Year
  • 43 NCAA Tournament victories
  • 24 seasons with 21 or more wins
  • 23 NCAA DIII Tournament Appearances
  • 16 trips to the Sweet 16
  • 10 trips to the Elite Eight
  • 5 trips to the Final Four
  • One NCAA title game appearance

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