GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue today announced that he has appointed GSU Linebackers Coach Andre Robinson as interim head football coach. Mr. Robinson, an alum and standout collegiate linebacker has been the University’s linebackers coach since 2004.
While a student athlete, Robinson became the first defensive player to be named as Grambling State’s Most Valuable Player. During his collegiate career, from 1977 to 1981, he helped lead the G-Men to three straight SWAC championships. Robinson was named the Bayou Classic’s Most Valuable Player in 1980 in the Tigers’ 43-6 victory over the Southern Jaguars. The following year, he was a consensus All-American selection by the Associated Press, Kodak, The Sporting News and the Sheridan Press and also was named the SWAC’s Defensive Player of the Year.
“Andre Robinson links the legacy of Eddie Robinson to the present football championship era. Andre was an accomplished player at Grambling who was recognized nationally,” says GSU Athletic Director Lin Dawson. During his 30-year coaching career, he has built on his success as a player by developing excellent athletes who were under his tutelage.”
The University is launching its search for a permanent head football coach. While announcing interim appointment, President Pogue noted that Grambling State University enjoys the finest reputation in athletics of any other HBCU and most other institutions in the country: “Our goal is to maintain this cherished reputation of being winners,” he said. “Andre Robinson’s willingness to assume the interim role will allow the University time to identify the strongest candidates.”
Robinson called it an honor and privilege to be asked to step in as the interim head coach. “We will stay our course and remain focused on our young men and keep them together and have a winning football team this season,” he said. “I’m ready and up for the task before me.”