Last week, HoopDirt.com listed Bethune-Cookman assistant Montez Robinson as one of the three finalists for the Alcorn State job. It was made official today – Robinson is the choice…
Alcorn State University Director of Athletics Derek Horne announced that Montez Robinson has been hired as the Braves new head men’s basketball coach.
For the past four seasons, Robinson has served as an assistant coach for the Bethune-Cookman University Men’s Basketball program. In his time at Bethune-Cookman, the Wildcats advanced to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament quarterfinals twice with a trip to the championship game in 2012.
“Robinson is an experienced recruiter and developer of dynamic talent,” said Horne. “Combine all of that with his commitment to academic achievement and we have a coach who is a good fit to develop a first-rate basketball program.”
Robinson served as the camp director for the Bethune-Cookman Men’s Basketball Fundamental Camp, Elite Camp and Team Camp for the past two years. He was also the lead coach for working directly with post players, including All-MEAC Tournament selection Anthony Breeze.
“It’s extremely exciting to become the head men’s basketball coach at Alcorn State University where knowledge and character is the emphasis both on the court and in the classroom,” Robinson said. “Alcorn has an impressive vision for the basketball program and I am looking forward to building a foundation of success. I cannot wait to start working with current players and incoming freshmen.”
Prior to his time at Bethune-Cookman, Robinson spent six seasons at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Kennesaw, Georgia.
While at KSU, Robinson helped the team to transition from Division II to the Division I level of athletics. In just their first season of reclassification, KSU reached the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament semifinals and won more games than any other in NCAA history for a team in reclassification in a four-year period. They would go on to rank amongst the Top 5 in the mid-major polls.
While at KSU, Robinson helped identify and recruit top-rated athletes. He helped coach the conference’s Freshman of the Year, as well as five members of the all-league team. Robinson coached a total of 14 Players of the Week, with seven players going on to play professionally.
Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from North Georgia College & State University and a master’s degree in transformative leadership from Bethune-Cookman University.
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