April 10, 2010
HOUSTON - Former Iowa State men's basketball assistant coach Daniyal Robinson became the newest member of the University Houston coaching staff, head coach James Dickey announced Saturday morning.
He will assist in all coaching aspects with the Cougars and brings 11 years of coaching experience as an assistant at Illinois State, UALR and Iowa State. In addition, he has guided 15 players who have competed professionally overseas.
"We are so excited about Daniyal and his family joining the University of Houston. He possesses all the qualities you look for in an assistant coach - loyalty, integrity, character and work ethic," Dickey said. "He is an outstanding recruiter and has developed contacts throughout the country. As an excellent communicator and teacher on the floor, he has had tremendous rapport with the players with whom he has coached. Daniyal has worked for outstanding coaches, and I look forward to the different philosophies he will bring to our program."
Robinson, whose first name is pronounced Dan-YELL, joins the Houston program after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa State. In only a short time, he made a tremendous impact with the Cyclones on the court and on the recruiting trail.
He was instrumental in helping ISU land Chris Colvin, who was ranked in the top 100 nationally in the majority of the recruiting services in 2009. He also played an important role in bringing in Marquis Gilstrap and LaRon Dendy, a pair of top-100 prep players who were considered two of the best junior college players in the class of 2009. Gillstrap was recognized as the 2009 Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year.
In his first season with the Cyclones, Robinson mentored All-America Honorable Mention and All-Big 12 First-Team member Craig Brackins. Brackins, along with Gilstrap, were All-Conference performers in Robinson's second season in Ames. Under his tutelage, Gilstrap emerged as the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double in league play.
A native of Rock Island, Ill., Robinson spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant at UALR, helping his alma mater earn its first 20-win season (20-11) since 1995-96 and claim the Sun Belt Conference West Division title under head coach Steve Shields.
The Trojans led the league and ranked among the top 35 teams nationally in field goal percentage defense (40.1) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (28.9).
Prior to his second stint at UALR, Robinson spent four seasons (2003-07) as an assistant coach on Porter Moser's staff at Illinois State. He was the lead recruiter on 2006-07 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Osiris Eldridge, who earned All-MVC First-Team honors in 2007-08.
Eldridge was a top-150 recruit in high school with fellow Robinson signee Bobby Hill. Robinson's efforts also landed Lorenzo Gordon, MVC Newcomer of the Year and All-MVC First-Team honoree, and Levi Dyer, the 2006-07 MVC Most Improved Player.
A 1999 graduate of UALR, Robinson was an administrative assistant for three seasons for Moser, when he was the head coach of the Trojans. He was a part of one of the biggest turnarounds in Sun Belt Conference history, helping the team win 18 games after registering just four wins during the previous season.
Robinson played two seasons at UALR after transferring from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. He played in 56 games during his collegiate career with the Trojans for head coach Wimp Sanderson and started 22 games as a senior in 1997-98.
While at Indian Hills Community College in 1995-96, Robinson helped build a junior college dynasty with the Warriors, posting a 35-4 record and leading the team to state and regional championships as well as a berth in the NJCAA national tournament.
He received All-Region Second-Team honors as the Warriors ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA poll.
Robinson was a two-time IBCA All-State and All-Conference honoree at Rock Island High School under head coach Duncan Reid. He was named to the Quad City Times All-Metro First Team and recognized as the team's Most Valuable Player while serving as team co-captain.
He and his wife Kim have three children: daughter Devyn and sons Reece and Reid.
DANIYAL ROBINSON AT A GLANCE
Full name: Harvey Daniyal Robinson (pronounced Dan-YELL)
Hometown: Rock Island, Ill.
UALR bachelor's degree in health education with emphasis on community health and health promotions 1999
Indian Hills Community College associate's degree in arts and sciences 1996
Rock Island High School 1994
Wife: The former Kim Hunter
Children: Daughter Devyn (7/9/02), sons Reece (12/26/05) and Reid (5/31/09)
2010 - Houston assistant coach
2008-10 Iowa State assistant coach
2007-08 UALR assistant coach
2003-07 Illinois State assistant coach
2000-03 UALR administrative assistant
First 20-win season at UALR (20-11 in 2007-08) since 1995-96
2007-08 UALR team ranked among top 35 nationally in field-goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense
Member of UALR staff that improved team from four wins to 18 wins in 2000-01
Guided 15 players who have played professionally overseas
2007-08 Sun Belt Conference West Division champions (UALR)
1995-96 Indian Hills Community College
1990-94 Rock Island High School
Two-year letterman (UALR)
Indian Hills Community College
All-Region Second Team
State and regional champions
NJCAA National Tournament appearance
Rock Island High School
IBCA All-State selection
IBCA All-Conference honoree
Quad City Times All-Metro First Team
Team Most Valuable Player
IBCA All-State selection
IBCA All-Conference honoree