J Robinson, head wrestling coach at the University of Minnesota for 25 years, has signed his first multi-year contract of his career, the school announced Wednesday.
The contract extends through 2014, and, according to long-time Minneapolis Star-Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman, “called for $100,000 plus a season.”
Known in the collegiate wrestling world as J Rob, the Oklahoma State grad became the seventh coach in the 100 year-history of the Golden Gopher wrestling program when he took the reins in 1986. Robinson became the first to take Minnesota to an NCAA team title (in 2001)… followed by two additional national championships in 2002 and 2007, putting the Gophers among only a handful of programs to win more than one NCAA wrestling team crown. His wrestlers have also won six Big Ten conference team titles.
During Robinson’s quarter-century at Minnesota, the mat Gophers can claim 12 individual NCAA Division I champs (including current MMA stars Brock Lesnar and Cole Konrad), 46 wrestlers who have won a total of 97 NCAA All-American honors, and 27 individual Big Ten titlewinners. His .745 winning percentage is a program record, and his 357 dual-meet victories stand as the second-best mark in Minnesota wrestling history.
Robinson has earned national coach of the year honors twice, and is a six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. He was welcomed into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.
“I could not be more pleased that we have been able to reach this agreement with J,” said Joel Maturi, Minnesota Director of Athletics. “This multi-year contract is a just reward for a job well done and we are thrilled to have an individual who is widely considered to be among the finest wrestling coaches ever committed to our program through 2014.”
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