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Coach Montez M. Robinson|Fort Valley State University


Coach Montez M. Robinson is an award-winning men’s collegiate basketball coach known for revitalizing programs and mentoring student-athletes, currently serving as head men’s basketball coach for Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in Georgia.

Prior to stepping in to lead the FVSU Wildcats in January 2022, Robinson served as a national scout for the HBCU All-Stars, the organization hosting a college basketball showcase highlighting the best HBCU players in the country during Final Four Weekend 2022 in New Orleans. As a leader beyond basketball, during 2021 Robinson served as an Upward youth basketball assistant coach in Georgia and as an assistant coach of little league baseball in Tennessee.

During the 2020-21 basketball season, Robinson served as interim head coach of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Skyhawks following the untimely passing of Coach Anthony Stewart just three weeks before the start of the season. In spite of major roster changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UTM Skyhawks swept the season series against Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) rival Southeast Missouri for the first time since the 2008-09 season. UTM defeated the University of Evansville for only the second time in school history and snapped a six-game losing streak to OVC preseason favorite Austin Peay State University.

Prior to coaching at UTM, Robinson completed five seasons as head coach of the Alcorn State University Braves men's program. Within those five years, Robinson revived a dying program, suffering from APR restrictions, as well as losses on and off the basketball court. Under his leadership, the Braves claimed two second place finishes, a trip to the conference championship game, five straight conference tournament appearances and a 2020 invitation to play in the College Insider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). 

 

Throughout Robinson's total turnaround of the Alcorn men's basketball program, his program retained a 100% graduation ratio. Due to the program's restructure, Robinson was awarded the 2017 SWAC Coach of the Year honor and he received the 2017 NABC UPS Division I All-District Coaches Award for District 23.

Before becoming a head coach, Robinson served four seasons as an assistant coach for Bethune-Cookman University men’s basketball program. During his time at B-CU, the Wildcats advanced to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament quarterfinals twice, with a trip to the championship game in 2012.

Prior to his time at B-CU, Robinson spent six seasons at Kennesaw State University (KSU), where he identified and recruited top-rated athletes to compete for the Owls program. While at KSU, Robinson was essential in transitioning the team from Division II to the Division I level of athletics and establishing the Owls as one of the fastest-growing Division I men’s basketball programs in the country. In just their first year of reclassification, the Owls reached the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament semifinals, and won more games than any other in NCAA history for a team in reclassification in a four-year period. They would go on to rank amongst the top five in the mid-major polls.


Prior to coaching at KSU, Robinson served as Truett-McConnell University’s (TMU) associate head men’s basketball coach for three years. During his tenure with TMU, he assisted with the turnaround of the team on the court, improving from an eight-win season to a 24-win season in his first year, with just three scholarship athletes. 

Robinson holds a Master of Science in Transformative Leadership from Bethune-Cookman University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from North Georgia University, where he played for two years, serving as co-captain of the men’s basketball team both seasons. Prior to that, he played two seasons at Kemper Military Junior College in Missouri, while earning his Associate Degree in Liberal Arts.

Robinson and his wife, Leah (Hornbuckle), have a daughter and a son, Tezlyn and Montez, Jr.

 

2017 SWAC Coach of the Year

 

2017 NABC UPS Division I All-District Coach


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