Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

John Robinson

John Robinson


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Southern California, Nevada Las Vegas
  • Years: 1976-2004
  • Inducted: 2009
  • Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth: Jul 25, 1935

Member Biography

In 1978, Coach John Robinson led Southern California to a 12-1 record and the UPI National Championship after winning the Rose Bowl. After becoming the Trojan head coach in 1976, Robinson led Southern California to five Pac-10 titles during two separate coaching stints (1976-82; 1993- 97). His Trojans made eight bowl appearances, posting a 7-1 record with three Rose Bowl victories. His overall bowl record of 8-1 ranks first all-time in bowl winning percentage (.888). He received National Coach of the Year honors in 1979 and was twice named Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1976, 1978). During his time at Southern California, he coached two Heisman Trophy winners (Charles White and Marcus Allen), a Lombardi Award winner Brad Budde and 18 First Team All-Americans. Hired by UNLV in 1999, Robinson posted a 28-42 record in six seasons. His 28 wins rank him second in all-time wins by a Rebel coach. In 2000, he claimed Mountain West Coach of the Year honors after leading the Rebels to a Las Vegas Bowl victory.