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July 1, 1997

Florida State Names Steve Robinson Men's Basketball Coach

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Florida State University Athletics Director Dave Hart announced Tuesday the hiring of Steve Robinson as the new head coach of the Seminoles' men's basketball program.

Steve Robinson
Steve Robinson went 46-18 in two years as Tulsa's head coach.

"The singular objective of our search was to attract the best person and coach we could find to Tallahassee and Florida State University," said Hart. "Steve Robinson is something special. I think he will demonstrate that to everyone he comes into contact with in his role as our head men's basketball coach."

Robinson takes over at FSU after serving the last two years as the head coach at the University of Tulsa. During his two seasons at Tulsa, Robinson posted a 46-18 record and led the Golden Hurricane to a pair of NCAA Tournament bids. He was named the Western Athletic Conference's Mountain Division Coach of the Year last season after Tulsa went 24-10 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional. Prior to his appointment at Tulsa, Robinson was an assistant coach at Kansas under Roy Williams for seven seasons.

"Steve Robinson is truly an outstanding person and he will attract nothing but high quality people to the Florida State program," said Williams. "He is an extremely organized, disciplined, tough but very caring person, and that is truly a unique combination. The FSU people and its future will look back on this as a great day for Florida State basketball."

During Robinson's tenure at Kansas (1988-95), the Jayhawks averaged 26 wins per season while compiling a 184-51 overall record. Kansas also won four Big Eight Conference titles, made six trips to the NCAA Tournament and appeared in two Final Fours.

Robinson's work with his players off the court is also impressive. Five of his Tulsa players carried grade point averages of at least 3.0 during each semester of his tenure. In his seven seasons at Kansas, nine Jayhawk players were named to the Big Eight All-Academic team and 37 recorded grade point averages of 3.0 or better during the fall or spring semesters.

Previously, Robinson served as an assistant coach for two years at Cornell. The Big Red went 15-11 in 1987 and 17-10 in 1988. The 1987-88 team earned the school's first NCAA Tournament berth in 34 years.

Robinson began his coaching career at Lincoln (Pa.) University, where he spent the 1981-82 season. A one-year stint at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Va. followed during the 1982-83 season. He then returned to his alma mater, Radford, for three seasons as an assistant coach (1983-85).

A 39-year-old native of Roanoke, Va., Robinson is a graduate of William Fleming High School. He attended Ferrum Junior College and played basketball for two years before transferring to Radford to complete his eligibility. Robinson was Radford's first athletic scholarship recipient and was team captain during the 1980 and 1981 seasons. He received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education in 1981 and a master's degree in counseling in 1985, both from Radford.

Robinson and his wife, Lisa, have four children: daughters Shauna' (17) and Kiaya (4); and sons Tarron (8) and Denzel (5).

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