November 16, 2011

VCU’S ROBINSON NAMED ONE OF NATION’S TOP MID-MAJOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ASSISTANTS

CollegeInsider.com's Top 25 Mid-Major Women's Basketball Assistants

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Associate Head Coach Tarrell Robinson has been recognized as one of the nation's top 25 Mid-Major women's basketball assistants, according to CollegeInsider.com.

In his third year at VCU, Robinson, who was elevated to his current post last May, assumed the role of recruiting coordinator after just his first season with the Rams.  During that time, the Black & Gold signed consecutive classes that have ranked among the best in the Colonial Athletic Association, while making back-to-back postseason appearances, including a run to the third round of the WNIT in 2010.

Robinson helped land guard Andrea Barbour, a one-time McDonalds High School All-American Semifinalist and 2008 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie selection at Virginia Tech, while also signing four players ranked among the top-30 at their position in the country.  This year's freshmen class includes perhaps the Rams' most heavily recruited high school player during Head Coach Beth Cunningham's tenure in 6-3 center Aprill McRae, graded as the 22nd-ranked post player in the nation according to ESPN.

Prior to joining the women's basketball program at VCU, Robinson spent five years as an assistant at North Carolina A&T with his final season as the associate head coach under head coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs.  From 2007-2009, he helped guide the Aggies to a 51-15 record, back-to-back regular season MEAC championships, their first MEAC Tournament title since 1994, and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, where N.C. A&T drew a 14-seed, the highest-ever for a MEAC women's team at the time. Robinson was instrumental in the Aggies being one of the most high-powered offensive teams in the country ranking 13th and seventh, respectively, in scoring offense. The Aggies were also proficient on the defensive side, ranking second and fifth nationally in steals per game during their championship runs.

Robinson was also responsible for recruiting during his time at N.C. A&T.  He helped sign the most highly touted recruit in the program's history in Jaleesa Sams, who was ranked as high as No. 31 nationally by Scouts.com, and secured Ta'Wuana Cook, who became the first N.C. A&T player to receive MEAC Rookie of the Year honors. Robinson also helped lure transfer Brittanie Taylor-James to the Aggies, who garnered league MVP honors as a senior. During Robinson's tenure, N.C. A&T had 13 all-conference selections.

The Fayetteville, N.C., native began his coaching career during the 2001-02 season when he held the graduate assistant post for the N.C. A&T men's basketball team under head coach Curtis Hunter.  There, he assisted with individual skill development, served as the film exchange coordinator and helped organize the summer basketball camp.  The following year, Robinson began his first stint with the Aggies' women's basketball program when he was named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

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