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A BORN LEADER Nick Robinson brings a championship mentality to his first head coaching position SUU’s new men’s basketball coach,

one another for a while. I stood back

entire career, from high school to

Nick Robinson, is well known for

and watched, and I thought, ‘this is

college, as a player as well as an

his buzzer-beating three-point shot

our guy’.”

assistant coach. I feel like I have

in a late season game that kept his





a good idea of what it takes to

Stanford Cardinal in the running

moment, I could see what has now

win. We are going to put the work

for their ultimate No. 1 national

been confirmed in the months since:

in day in and day out to build

ranking and Pac-10 championship.

Coach Robinson is a born leader.

championship habits."

In this, he proved a tenacious and

Everyone I have talked to who knows

He continues, “I really want our

yet composed demeanor that would

of him has said that Nick Robinson is

student-athletes now to see the

serve him well far beyond his years

a big time coach in the making. He

significance in what we are doing.

as a college hoopster.

just has that natural, inherent ability

We are going to work hard. We are

to inspire people and to take them in

going to finish everything we start,

the right direction.”

regardless of what the score says at

Now in his first go-round as an NCAA head coach, and with that particular storybook ending long

As to that direction, the new

the end. And we are going to do our

behind him, Robinson’s composure

guy’s aim is rooted in tradition. “We

very best not just for future teams



want to be able to have a basketball

and players, but also for every former

determination is no less obvious,

program, not just teams on a year-

player, coach, manager—everybody

and it is that confident tenacity

by-year basis, one up, one down. We

that has been a part of building the

that distinguished the young coach

want to find players and students

Thunderbird program."

among a pool of very qualified,

who want to compete at a really high

He adds, "I want to make everyone

very exciting candidates for SUU’s

level, and we’re gonna try to build

who has ever been a part of the

head coach appointment, according

and mold a team that is willing to

basketball program proud.”

to Athletic Director Ken Beazer.

put in the work to compete in the







Robinson was on campus for his interview, there was a definite game

upper half of the conference year in and year out.” He continues, “I want to

winning, buzzer beating moment.

build a program with

The players were lifting in the weight

a championship

room so we took Coach by to meet

mentality. I have

them, and to see the way our student

been fortunate

athletes responded to him—it was

to be around

amazing, he was like a magnet. They


all got along as if they had known

programs my



SUU In View - Fall 2012  
SUU In View - Fall 2012  

The Fall 2012 issue of Southern Utah University’s alumni magazine.