Old Dominion University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Jones announced that Jamal Robinson has been named an assistant coach with the Monarchs. Robinson joins the staff after a two-year stint at LaSalle University.
“Jamal is recognized within the coaching profession as a top skill development instructor. In addition, his work with various elite basketball camps, including the Nike Pre-Draft Camp has enabled Jamal to establish a strong network of recruiting ties at the grassroots level,” Jones said. “His experiences will pay big dividends for the ODU Basketball Program. I am extremely excited to welcome J-Rob to our family.”
Robinson, who played for Jones at the University of Virginia, enjoyed a 13-year professional career that included several teams in the National Basketball Association.
A native of Jamaica, Queens, New York, Robinson joined the collegiate ranks as an assistant at Hampton in 2018. With the Pirates, they advanced to the Big South Conference finals in 2020 after defeating the top-seeded Radford Highlanders on their home court in the semifinals.
Prior to Hampton he had a successful stint as a developmental skill instructor. For almost a decade, Robinson worked directly with various elite basketball camps, including the Nike Pre-Draft Camp, along with assisting in the development of high school, college and professional basketball players.
Before that, Robinson enjoyed a massive amount of success as a player for over 13 years playing professionally at the highest levels in the world.
Robinson trained with various NBA teams, including the Portland Trailblazers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards, before ultimately signing a two-year contract with the Miami Heat. He would also play in the CBA, the NBA Developmental League and internationally for over a decade, winning multiple league championships and individual accolades.
As a college player at the University of Virginia, Robinson received ACC All-Tournament Team accolades as a freshman after helping the Cavaliers to the title game. He averaged 16.0 points per game over three contests, totaling 19 points and scoring the game-winning layup in a victory over No. 1 Duke. UVa would make the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and advance to the Elite Eight of the 1995 NCAA Tournament during his sophomore season.
A graduate of Monsignor McClancy in Queens, Robinson was named First Team All-City by the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and Newsday. Following his senior year, he was selected to play for the U.S. All-Stars in the Capital City High School All-American Game at the University of Maryland’s Cole Fieldhouse against the Maryland All-Stars. Robinson became the first Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School alum to ever play in the NBA.
“I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Old Dominion staff and learn more from my college coach Jeff Jones,” said Robinson. “Old Dominion is a proud program, and I am excited to work along with the other coaches to help our players reach their potential on and off the court.”