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UNLV Names John Robinson Head Coach




December 3, 1998

LAS VEGAS - Famed football coach John Robinson has been hired as the eighth head coach in Rebel history, UNLV President Dr. Carol C. Harter announced Thursday.

"The hiring of John Robinson should be proof positive that UNLV is committed to its football program and is serious about its membership in the Mountain West Conference," Harter said.

UNLV Director of Athletics Charles Cavagnaro offered his recommendation of Robinson to Harter. "I have been genuinely impressed by Coach Robinsons enthusiasm about the task at hand," Cavagnaro said. "When you hear about his vision of UNLV football, you will join me in being enthusiastic about our future as a program."

Robinson, 63, will head into the 1999 season as the nation's sixth-winningest active coach with a career record of 104-35-4 for a percentage of .738.

Robinson, who earned his 100th career victory at the University of Southern California in 1997 with a win vs. UNLV, had two stints with the Trojans. He first became head coach in 1976 and spent seven years leading Troy, including winning the 1978 national championship.

The native of Daly City, Calif., headed to the NFL in 1983 and coached the Los Angeles Rams until 1991. His nine years in the NFL produced six playoff appearances, including two trips to the NFC championship game (1985 & '89).

In 1992 he worked as a television analyst before returning to USC for the 1993 season. His second term lasted until 1997 and featured three bowl victories, including the Rose Bowl title over Northwestern following the 1995 season.

The 1976 National Coach of the Year and two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1976 & '78) takes over for Jeff Horton who was reassigned after coaching UNLV for five seasons.

Robinson holds a 7-1 postseason record, including 4-0 in the Rose Bowl. He produced two Heisman Trophy winners in Charles White (1979) and Marcus Allen (1981) and one Lombardi Award winner in Brad Budde (1979). He won 82 percent of his games (67-14-2) in his original seven seasons (1976-82) at USC, averaging nearly 10 victories per year. He won the national title in 1978 with a 12-1 mark and two of his Trojan teams (1976 & 1979) finished the season ranked No. 2.

Born on July 25, 1935, Robinson is a 1958 graduate of the University of Oregon. He has four grown children, daughters Teresa and Lynn and sons David (an assistant football coach at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs) and Christopher, and two step-daughters Karilyn and Elizabeth. He is married to wife Linda.

JOHN ROBINSON'S HEAD COACHING RECORD

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
YEAR	W	L	T	CONF FIN  BOWL    	
1976	11	1	0	1st       Rose Win
1977	8	4	0	2nd       Bluebonnet Win	
1978	12	1	0	1st       Rose Win	
1979	11	0	1	1st       Rose Win
1980	8	2	1	3rd       No Bowl  	
1981	9	3	0	2nd       Fiesta Loss	
1982	8	3	0	3rd       No Bowl 	
1993	8	5	0	T1st      Freedom Win	
1994	8	3	1	T2nd      Cotton Win	
1995	9	2	1	T1st      Rose Win
1996	6	6	0	5th       No Bowl
1997	6	5	0	T5th      No Bowl 
12 Yrs	104	35	4 	(.738)

LOS ANGELES RAMS
YEAR	W	L	DIV FIN PLAYOFFS
1983	9	7	2nd     Lost First Round
1984	10	6	2nd     Lost Wild Card
1985	11	5	1st     Lost NFC Championship
1986	10	6	2nd     Lost First Round
1987	6	9	3rd     None
1988	10	6	2nd     Lost First Round
1989	11	5	2nd     Lost NFC Championship
1990	5	11	3rd     None
1991	3	13	4th     None
9 Yrs	79	74	(.516)

ROBINSON COACHING HONORS

-1976 Pac-8 and West Coast Coach of the Year

-1978 Pac-10 and West Coast Coach of the Year

-1979 National Coach of the Year

WINNINGEST ACTIVE DIVISION I-A COACHES (INCLUDES 1998)
(Minimum five years as Division I-A head coach) 
COACH   	COLLEGE    YEARS RECORD  PCT
Phillip Fulmer	Tennessee  7	65-11-0  .855			
Joe Paterno	Penn State 33	306-80-3 .790
Steve Spurrier	Florida    12	112-31-2 .785
Bobby Bowden	Florida St.33	292-84-2 .775
R.C. Slocum	Texas A&M  10	93-27-2  .770
John Robinson	UNLV       11	104-35-4 .738

UNLV ALL-TIME HEAD COACHES
John Robinson		1999-
Jeff Horton		1994-98
Jim Strong		1990-93
Wayne Nunnely		1986-89
Harvey Hyde		1982-85
Tony Knap		1976-81
Ron Meyer		1973-75
Bill Ireland		1968-72

 

 

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