Honors & Awards
- NCAA All-Around Competitor
- MPSF Gymnast of the week Feb 2010
- Winter Cup Finalist (2010)
- Nebraska’s Hartung Award Winner (2010)
- Nebraska’s Most Inspirational Gymnast (2009)
- Nebraska’s Most Improved Gymnast (2008)
- Four-Time Nebraska Letterman
- Six-Time Junior Olympic National Qualifier
- Three-Time North Carolina State Champion
John Robinson enters his seventh season as a Nebraska assistant coach in 2017 after helping the Huskers to five top-10 NCAA finishes.
Robinson handles most of the team’s recruiting, marketing, fundraising and program development. His coaching methodology focuses on structured design plans and setting up competition environments in practice.
Robinson has been a key contributor in producing many of the program’s top gymnasts in recent years, including All-Americans Wyatt Aycock and Grant Perdue, and 2014 Big Ten still rings medalist Robbie Kocks.
Most recently, Robinson helped produce Big Ten medalist Daniel Leal, who placed second at the 2016 Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio, on parallel bars as a sophomore with a career-high score of 15.425. It was the Huskers’ second conference medal since joining the Big Ten.
Robinson also played a vital role in the program’s best finish in nearly two decades. In 2016, the Huskers finished seventh overall at the Big Ten Championships, their highest finish since 1999.
Within the next few years, Robinson hopes to help Nebraska bring back the national title and continue to build on the program’s tradition of excellence.
“John brings a ton of enthusiasm and a positive work ethic to our coaching staff,” Coach Chuck Chmelka said. “We are very excited to have him at Nebraska.”
A former Husker gymnast, Robinson competed in the all-around for three of his four seasons at Nebraska.
He was a four-year letterman at NU from 2007 through 2010.
A native of North Carolina, Robinson was a Husker leader for four seasons. As a senior, Robinson was named Nebraska’s Hartung Award winner. He also earned a spot in the finals at the 2010 Winter Cup—only the second Husker ever to do so. 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. However, his senior season was cut short by a hand injury.
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. He looks to continue his career in coaching and aspires to break into the international coaching scene. Robinson is married to former Scarlet, Rachel Russell. The couple is expecting their first daughter in April 2017.