Now in his fourth season as UTEP's jumps and multi-events coach, Calvin Robinson looks to carry on the school's grand tradition of All-Americans and national champions. Robinson also oversees UTEP's domestic recruiting.
Robinson has gained much success since joining the Miners staff. He has trained seven NCAA All- Americans, had eight athletes qualify for the NCAA Midwest Regional, produced 15 conference titles and had an athlete compete at the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
Last year, Robinson's athletes helped the Miners take Conference USA runner-up honors both indoor and outdoor on the men's and women's sides.
Jumpers Nelly Tchayem and Mickael Hanany were shining stars for the Miners in 2007. Both gained All-America status during the indoor season. Hanany was named the C-USA Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row after placing first in the long, triple and high jump events at the conference championship meet. He placed eighth at the NCAA Championships in the high jump with a mark of 2.14m. Tchayem posted a fifth-place finish at nationals in the triple jump after posting provisional marks thrice during the season. She was also the C-USA triple jump champion with a mark of 13.08.
Hanany also gained two All-America honors outdoors and one indoors in 2006. He was the C-USA High Point Award Winner and had the Performance of the Meet both indoor and outdoor during that year. He was the C-USA Indoor Athlete of the Year and was honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocation as the indoor and outdoor Mountain Region Field Event Athlete of the Year.
Hanany took fourth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He won the long jump, triple jump and high jump at the C-USA Outdoor Championships. Hanany took fourth in the high jump at the indoor national meet and captured the gold in the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the C-USA Indoor Championships.
Hanany had the school's second-best high jump (2.30; 7-6 3/4), third-best long jump (7.89; 25-10 3/4) and fifth-best triple jump (16.39; 53-9 1/4) during the 2006 outdoor season. He also jumped 7-4 1/4 (2.24) in the indoor high jump, which ranks as the third-best jump in school history.
Robinson also worked with two-sport star Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr., who scored in both the high jump and long jump at the C-USA Outdoor Championships and Daniel Lujan, who scored in the decathlon and heptathlon. Desiree Crichlow finished her career taking third in the high jump and triple jump at the C-USA Outdoor Championships and sixth in the high jump at the conference indoor championships.
In 2005, Robinson trained Hanany who went on to gain NCAA All-America honors in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor championships. Hanany was the national runner-up outdoors and fifth indoors.
Under Robinson, Hanany was the Western Athletic Conference Male Performer of the Year and the Male High Point Award Winner at both the indoor and outdoor championships in 2005. He became the first-ever conference athlete to win the long jump, triple jump and high jump at both the indoor and outdoor championships. He posted provisional marks indoors and regional qualifying standards with each of his conference-winning jumps.
Hanany went on to compete at the European Championships, the European Junior Championships and the World Championships for France.
Hanany was not the only Miner to have success under Robinson. Higgins scored 19 points at the indoor conference meet and was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the long jump -- his first-ever year competing in the event. Higgins was an NCAA regional qualifier in the long jump outdoors and scored 12.5 points at the conference meet. Crichlow additionally competed at the NCAA regional in the high jump.
UTEP won both men's WAC indoor and outdoor titles, largely due to Robinson's jumpers. His unit scored 59 out of 184 (32.1 percent) of UTEP's points indoors and 48.5 out of the team's 208.5 points (23.3 percent) outdoors.
Prior to arriving on campus at UTEP, Robinson spent the previous four years as the jumps coach at Sam Houston State. He also assisted with the sprints, hurdles and relays as well as served as recruiting coordinator in 2003.
During the 2004 season, he coached the Southland Conference champions in the men's 400-meter relay, the women's high jump and the women's 400-meter dash.
He tutored Precious Madison, Sam Houston State's first NCAA Division I All- American, in the long jump in 2001. She was also an NCAA qualifier in the long jump and the 100-meter dash in 2002. He trained Alisha Fowler, the 2003 Southland Conference champion in the high jump. Fowler was also an NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifier.
During his SHSU coaching career, Robinson produced the school record holders in the women's indoor long jump and the outdoor long jump.
He also was the meet director for the UIL Region III-4A Track Championships, the UIL Region III Cross Country Championships and the York Relays.
Robinson holds Level I and Level II (sprints/hurdles) certification from the United States of American Track and Field Association.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Robinson was an instructor in the Sam Houston State kinesiology department.
A 2000 graduate of Sam Houston State, he completed his master's degree in kinesiology in 2004.
While a student-athlete, he was an NCAA qualifier in the long jump in 1998 and All-Southland Conference in both the long and triple jumps in 1998 and 1999. He holds the SHSU school record in the long jump with a best of 25-5 1/2 (7.76) and ranks in the school's top 10 in the triple jump (50-8/15.44). He was also a three-year starter on the football team.
Robinson is the father of twin sons Kendall and Kamron, who were born in June of 2001.