Les Robinson

Les Robinson (born September 23, 1942)

Teams coached: The Citadel Bulldogs, East Tennessee State Buccaneers, NC State Wolfpack
The Citadel record: 132-162 (.449)
East Tennessee State record: 81-70 (.536)
NC State record: 78-98 (.443)
Overall record: 291-330 (.469)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1990-1996 NC State
1985-1990 East Tennessee State
1974-1985 The Citadel
1969-1974 The Citadel (asst)
1968-1969 Western Carolina (grad. asst)
1964-1966 NC State (student asst)

Les Robinson Facts

  • Les Robinson
  • Born September 23, 1942
  • Hometown: St. Albans, West Virginia
  • Alma Mater: North Carolina State University (BS, 1965) / Western Carolina University (MA, 1969)
  • Played at NC State for head coach Everett Case then spent two years as a student assistant under Press Maravich
  • Spent two years as the head coach at Cedar Key School in Cedar Key, Florida
  • Was a grad assistant on Jim Gudger’s staff at Western Carolina for a year before joining Dick Campbell’s staff at The Citadel
    • Stayed on the staff for five years, the last two under new Bulldogs’ head coach George Hill
    • Took over as head coach of The Citadel in 1974, leading the program for the next 11 seasons
  • Left for East Tennessee State in 1985, coaching the Buccaneers for five seasons and serving as the school’s athletic director for the last four years of that tenure
  • Was hired as the head basketball coach at his alma mater NC State in 1990, coaching the Wolfpack for six seasons
    • Only had one winning season during his time as head coach, going 78-98 overall
    • Stepped down as coach in 1996 to become the athletic director at the school, a position he had for four years
  • Returned to The Citadel in 2000 to be the athletic director for the next eight years until his retirement in 2008
  • Inducted into the ETSU Hall of Fame (2006), The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame (2012) and the SoCon Hall of Fame (2018)
  • Along with his wife, Barbara, has four children

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