Former Nebraska men's gymnast John Robinson returns to the Husker program as an assistant coach for his first season in 2010-11 season.
Robinson, a four-year letterman for the Huskers from 2007 through 2010, replaces Phil Cahoy Sr. on the NU staff. Cahoy assisted the Huskers for the 2009-10 season in Coach Chuck Chmelka's first year as Nebraska's head coach.
Chmelka said Robinson's recent experience as a Nebraska gymnast should allow him to relate well to future Huskers.
"John brings a ton of enthusiasm and a positive work ethic to our coaching staff," Chmelka said. "We are very excited to have him at Nebraska."
A native of North Carolina, Robinson was a leader for the Huskers in competition over the past four years. As a senior, Robinson competed in the all-around and was named Nebraska's Hartung Award winner. His senior season was also highlighted by earning a spot in the finals at the 2010 Winter Cup. He was also the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 2, 2010, after earning the individual all-around title against Minnesota and Air Force on Jan. 30. Robinson's senior season was cut short prior to the MPSF Championships by a hand injury.
As a junior for the Huskers in 2009, Robinson competed in every meet as an all-arounder and earned a trio of event titles, including a pair of all-around crowns. He also competed in the NCAA Event Preliminaries on vault in 2009. Robinson competed as an all-arounder at the 2008 NCAA Championships, before earning Nebraska's Most Improved Gymnast Award as a sophomore.
In his first season at Nebraska in 2007, Robinson competed in every meet, including the NCAA Qualifier. He came to Nebraska as a product of Weyandt's Gymnastics Academy in Charlotte, N.C. He was a six-time Junior Olympic national qualifier and a three-time North Carolina state champion.
Robinson earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Nebraska in 2010.