Football Coaching Staff
Asst. Head Coach/Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator
Tommie Robinson, a highly-respected coach who has spent time at the highest level of college football and in the NFL, is in his second season at LSU as the Tigers' running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Robinson will also serve as assistant head coach.
In his first year at LSU, Robinson oversaw a unit that produced two of the most productive players at running back in school history in Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams. Guice had his second-straight 1,000-yard rushing season with 1,251 yards and 11 TDs, while Williams accounted for 820 yards and nine scores. Williams finished third on the team in receptions (23), and was second in receiving yards (331). Williams also became the first player in LSU history with 100 yards rushing and receiving the same game, accomplishing the feat in a win over Ole Miss (103 rushing, 105 receiving). As a unit, LSU's ground game produced 207.6 yards per game and 4.8 yards a carry, both among the top five in the rugged SEC.
Guice went on to become a second round draft pick of the Washington Redskins, while Williams signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Robinson, who was named the 2017 Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports, joined the LSU staff in 2017 after spending the 2016 season at Southern Cal as the running backs coach and run game coordinator for Rose Bowl Champion Trojans. In 2016, Robinson was part of an offensive staff that saw the Trojans average 34.4 points and 477.1 total yards a contest. Southern Cal capped the 2016 season with a 52-49 win over Penn State to claim the school's first Rose Bowl title since 2009
Robinson's coaching career spans over 30 years, which includes three years with the Dallas Cowboys (1998-2000) and three with the Arizona Cardinals (2010-12).
In his three years with the Dallas Cowboys, Robinson served as an offensive assistant working primarily with the wide receivers, including future NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. Robinson also spent time assisting with the Dallas special teams. In his three years at Dallas, the Cowboys won the NFC East Division in 1988 with a 10-6 mark and then reached the NFL Playoffs the following season.
At Arizona, Robinson coached Beanie Wells, who became the first player in franchise history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Wells also set the franchise record with 228 rushing yards against the St. Louis Rams in 2011. Former LSU standout Patrick Peterson played two seasons for the Cardinals while Robinson was part of the Arizona coaching staff.
Prior to joining the USC staff, Robinson coached running backs at Texas for two years (2014-15). In 2013, Robinson was the running backs coach and passing game coordinator for Southern Cal, where he was part of a coaching staff that included Ed Orgeron.
Robinson has helped teams appear in 11 bowl games and the NFL playoffs twice. Other coaching stops for Robinson include serving as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1991, running backs coach at Utah State in 1992-93, four years as running backs coach at TCU from 1994-97.
After his three-year stint with Dallas, Robinson joined the staff at Oklahoma State, coaching running backs for the Cowboys in 2001 where he helped the development of Tatum Bell, who would later become a second round NFL Draft pick.
He followed that with four years at Georgia Tech, the first as wide receivers coach and then tight ends coach for the next three years. In his first season at Georgia Tech, Kerry Watkins led the ACC in receptions with 71 and ranked No. 2 in the league in receiving yards with 1,050.
Robinson coached the running backs at Memphis in 2006 and then held the same position at Miami (Fla.) from 2007-09 before returning to the NFL to coach running backs for the Cardinals.
During his various college stops, he also served minority coaching internships with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.
Robinson got his coaching start at Woodham High School in Pensacola, Florida, where he spent two years. He followed that three years at his alma mater, Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama, before joining the Arkansas staff as a graduate assistant in 1991.
He was a 3-year starter at strong safety and team captain as a senior at Troy State, where he was a member of the 1984 Division II national championship team. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Troy State in 1985.
Robinson was born on April 4, 1963. He and his wife, Lartonyar, have three children: sons Dantrell and Trey, and daughter Towanda.
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