University of Oklahoma volleyball head coach Santiago Restrepo has announced the addition of Kyle Robinson as the program’s newest assistant coach. A seven-year veteran as a head coach at LIU Brooklyn, Robinson brings 144 career wins and five trips to the NCAA Tournament under his belt.
“I have to say, Kyle’s resume speaks volumes about what he has accomplished and what he had done for LIU,” stated Restrepo. “We are extremely happy to add him into our program. What is exciting to see, is that we have three very qualified head coaches that are going to do the best for the program. Bringing Kyle into the equation, it adds an additional level of expertise to our group.”
“Ultimately, it’s a huge honor to be here and be a part of such a successful program and prestigious university,” responded Robinson. “I’m looking forward to being a part of raising the level of the team and competing at this level.”
Coming off a perfect 14-0 season in the Northeast Conference that ended at 25-7 overall and a third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, Robinson was recognized as the NEC Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season. He coached the Blackbirds to the NEC Tournament Championship and helped senior Annika Foit become the league’s first-ever three-time Player of the Year.
“It’s not like it hasn’t been done here,” said Robinson, speaking of the Sooners’ success in the tournament. “The volleyball program has been extremely successful here at OU. I think I just bring in a little more expertise and a little calmness because I’ve been there before. I’m just looking to continue to be a part of a great program.”
In his career at LIU Brooklyn, Robinson posted a 144-83 record, including an impressive 90-10 mark in conference play. The Blackbirds claimed conference championships in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014; all resulting in trips to the NCAA Tournament. The team reached the 25-win mark in both 2012 and 2014.
“I think why we got him here is his character, his personality, the way that he is able to communicate with young athletes. First and foremost, he is a friend and one of our family members and that’s what we were looking for; someone to continue the OU volleyball family tradition and continue this Sooner tradition of excellence.”
Prior to becoming the head coach at LIU Brooklyn, Robinson spent three years as an assistant coach at the United State Air Force Academy. He also gained experience as a coach and personal trainer at the All American Volleyball Camp in Portland, Ore. and the Pikes Peak Volleyball Club in Colorado Springs, Colo.
As a player, Robinson played for the U.S. National Volleyball Team from March 2001 to June 2003; and again from March to December in 2004. He played professionally in Greece from 2003-2004 with the Aris Volleyball Club and spent part of 2004 with the Pak Volleyball Club. Previously, in 2003, Robinson played for the Criollos Volleyball Club in Puerto Rico where he was the top scorer in the league.
Robinson and his wife Jennifer have a son, Zion, and a daughter, Zoe.