One down, two to go. South Carolina made its first hire to replace its three departed assistants.
Former UNC assistant coach Joe Robinson
Shortly after the departure of John Butler, the Gamecocks have a new special teams coach. Former North Carolina assistant coach Joe Robinson was hired to fill one of the vacated positions on the South Carolina staff.
“We are pleased to announce Joe Robinson as our special teams coach,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said in a release. “He has many years of experience and his special teams had the No. 1 overall ranking in the SEC in 2009. Our special teams will be in good hands under Coach Robinson and we look forward to having him and his family become Gamecocks.”
Robinson will also coach tight ends in addition to his special teams duties.
“I’m excited to be here and thankful to become part of Coach Spurrier’s staff,” Robinson said. “He’s done a great job with this program and my family is excited about this opportunity.”
Robinson served for one season on the North Carolina staff after three seasons at LSU. He also has previous coaching stops at Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Houston, and Central Florida.
During his career, Robinson has experience coaching each position on the defensive side of the football and special teams. He’s also served as recruiting coordinator at Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.
Robinson was responsible for special teams at LSU where his unit put up big numbers nationally. In 2010, the Tigers ranked 13th in net punting, fourth nationally in punt returns, and eighth nationally in kickoff returns.
In 2009, the Tigers led the Southeastern Conference in kickoff coverage and punt returns.
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