Louisville Women’s Basketball Hires Shay Robinson As Associate Head Coach
University of Louisville press release:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz announced Thursday that he has added former Ole Miss associate head coach Shay Robinson as a associate coach.
Robinson concluded his second season at Ole Miss under head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin in 2021-22, and his first as an associate head coach. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Maryland and Kansas.
“Shay comes highly recommended to us, with an extensive, versatile background. Wherever he went, he succeeded. Most importantly, he cares about the growth and development of our players on and off the pitch,” Walz said. “Shay is an Air Force veteran, talented player development coach and proven recruiter. He is a great addition to our staff and we are delighted to welcome him to the ‘City.
During his two seasons at Ole Miss, Robinson helped lead the Rebels to the WNIT Championship Game in 2020-21 and a 23-9 record and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 15 seasons in 2021-22.
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Robinson’s most notable student during his two seasons at Ole Miss was honorable mention All-American and first-team All-SEC member Shakira Austin, who was selected third overall by the Washington Mystics during of the 2022 WNBA Draft. Austin played his first two seasons at Maryland, where Robinson was previously an assistant coach.
Prior to Ole Miss, Robinson was an assistant coach at Maryland. During his six seasons at College Park (2014-15 to 2019-20), Robinson helped the Terrapins achieve consistent success in both the Big Ten and on the national stage.
During his tenure, Maryland went 179-27 (.869) overall, 92-12 (.885) in Big Ten play, had three 30-win seasons, won five Big Ten regular-season titles and four conference tournament titles. The Terrapins were also successful in the playoffs, earning five NCAA Tournament berths that yielded two Sweet 16 appearances and a trip to the 2015 Final Four.
In Robinson’s first season at Maryland in 2014-15, the Terrapins went 34-3 on the season and went a perfect 18-0 in Big Ten play – only the second time in the game. history that a team went 18-0 in conference games. . The Terps capped off the regular season with their first Big Ten Tournament championship and won a program record 24 straight games. Maryland earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and beat Duke, then No. 2 seed Tennessee, to advance to its second straight Final Four.
The Terps continued their dominance over the Big Ten in 2015–16, winning 31 games and winning the regular season and Big Ten tournament titles. That year, the Terrapins led the nation—both men’s and women’s teams—with their rebound margin of +15.1 boards per game.
Maryland won 30 games for the third consecutive season in 2016-17 and also won its third straight regular season and Big Ten tournament titles. After an appearance at Sweet Sixteen, seniors Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones were drafted sixth and eighth overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft.
In 2018-19, the Terrapins went 29-5, winning 12 straight games to start the year – including a dominating 85-61 victory at No. 10 South Carolina in November. The Terps won 11 of 12 games to finish the regular season and claim their fourth Big Ten regular season title in five years.
In 2019-20, the Terrapins went 28-4, winning 17 straight games to end the regular season and the Big Ten Tournament title. They clinched a share of their fifth Big Ten championship in six years with a 16-2 record in conference play. A record six Terrapins earned All-Big Ten honors. The Terps finished the season ranked 4th in the Associated Press and RPI rankings, and were expected to be the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament which was ultimately canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. .
On the recruiting side, Robinson helped the Terps sign the No. 1 recruiting class in 2016, the No. 4 class in 2017 and the No. 3 class in 2019.
Four Terrapins have been drafted to the WNBA in Robinson’s six years, including Laurin Mincy (27th overall, 2015), Brene Moseley (21st overall, 2016), Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (sixth overall, 2017) and Brionna Jones (eighth overall, 2017).
Robinson came to College Park from Kansas, where he spent the 2013-14 season. Prior to his time at Lawrence, Robinson worked in the Air Force and worked as a head instructor at one of the most elite basketball performance centers in the country, the EDGE Training Center in Orlando.
Robinson served for five years as assistant director and chief instructor at the EDGE Training Center, known as Florida State’s premier training facility. Robinson helped manage day-to-day basketball operations while hosting individual and team skill development sessions, camps, and clinics. His vast clientele ranged from rookie players to elite high school, college and professional athletes in the NBA and European leagues.
Robinson worked in the coaching ranks for many years. He coached the women’s basketball team at Viera High School during the 2010-11 season, helping the team win its first district championship while posting a 22-3 overall record. Robinson also served as an assistant coach for the men’s varsity program at Viera from 2006 to 2009.
During the 2009-10 season, Robinson served as a men’s basketball assistant coach at Brevard Community College. There, he was in charge of guard and player position development, while helping with offensive and defensive philosophies. Other responsibilities included recruiting, team movie sessions, scouting, academic tracking, and mentoring student-athletes.
Robinson graduated from James B. Dudley High School before enlisting in the Air Force in 1996. Robinson served more than eight years on active duty in the Air Force. While enlisted, he deployed on numerous missions, including three missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, spending time as a load crew member on weapons on F-16s, as well as a special operations main command post controller.
During his military career, Robinson received various medals and received the distinguished John Levitow Award in 2002. He was also named Air Force Special Operations Command, Command Post Controller of the Year in 2002-03, before his honorable discharge in 2004.
In August 2007, Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Fitness with a major in Training Theory from the University of Central Florida. He also received a Masters of Science in Sports Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. Robinson is an active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) organization. .
Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Robinson is married to his wife, Tonya.
(Photo by Shay Robinson: Testudo Times)
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