Craig Robinson has spent five seasons at NU with head coach Bill Carmody; however, Robinson is no stranger to the Chicago area, having lived in the area for many years and serving as head coach at the University of Chicago High School in 1999-2000.
Robinson's relationship with Carmody dates to the 1982-83 basketball season. That was when Robinson, a senior captain, led Princeton to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and Carmody was in his first year as an assistant with the Tigers.
One of the most prolific players ever to don a Princeton uniform, Robinson is still fourth on the Tigers' all-time scoring list, with 1,441 points. He was also the first two-time honoree as Ivy League Player of the Year, sharing the honor with Penn's Paul Little in 1981-82 before winning it outright in 1982-83. Robinson helped lead the Tigers to two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure, with the other coming in 1981 when he was a sophomore.
After graduating from Princeton with a degree in sociology, Robinson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He played two seasons with the Manchester (England) Giants of the European Basketball League. In addition, he served as the assistant to the General Manager and public relations officer for Manchester.
Robinson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1988-90. He was responsible for offense implementation, game strategy, recruiting and advance scouting.
Robinson took a hiatus from coaching and went into private business in 1990. He was a Vice President for Continental Bank from 1990-92, Vice President for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter from 1992-99, and then Managing Director for Loop Capital Markets before he made his move to Evanston.
Robinson resides in Chicago. He has a 12-year-old son, Avery, and an eight-year-old daughter, Leslie.