July 2, 2013
CHICAGO - Daniyal Robinson, a veteran of the coaching ranks, has been named assistant men's basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago head coach Porter Moser announced today. A native of Rock Island, Illinois., Robinson has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Houston, where he helped the Cougars reach the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2012-13.
"Having the opportunity to reunite with Daniyal is not only a coup for me personally, but also for Loyola basketball," Moser said. "I have been around a lot of guys in this profession and never been around as good of a person, coach, recruiter, or friend. His energy level is off the charts and he has a true passion for motivating and developing kids. As we transition into the Missouri Valley Conference and embark on the mission of elevating Loyola basketball, I can't imagine going about the process with anyone better than Daniyal Robinson."
No stranger to Moser, Robinson began his coaching career as an administrative assistant under Moser at Arkansas-Little Rock in 2000. After spending three seasons in that capacity with the Trojans, where they orchestrated the largest single-season turnaround in Sun Belt Conference history, going from four wins to 18, Robinson followed Moser to Illinois State, where he served as an assistant coach on the Redbirds' staff from 2003-07.
At ISU, Robinson was the lead recruiter on 2006-07 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year Osiris Eldridge, a Chicago native, who was a First Team All-MVC pick in 2007-08.
Following his time at Illinois State, Robinson returned to Arkansas-Little Rock where he served as an assistant coach during the 2007-08 campaign and helped the Trojans to the Sun Belt Conference West Division title and their first 20-win season since 1995-96.
During a two-year stint at Iowa State (2008-10), Robinson helped develop three future NBA players in Diante Garrett, Justin Hamilton, and Craig Brackins, who was also an Honorable Mention All-America performer. Robinson's recruiting acumen helped the Cyclones land several highly touted players, including Chris Colvin, a graduate of Whitney Young High School in Chicago, Marquis Gilstrap, and LaRon Dendy.
"I am excited to get back to working with my mentor, Coach Moser, and to have the opportunity to be close to my family," Robinson said. "Along with that, it is an honor to be a part of such a prestigious University, as well as to be in the Missouri Valley Conference, which is one of the top leagues in the country. My fundamental beliefs are in sync with Coach Moser's and I look forward to assisting him with the turnaround of Loyola basketball."
After two standout seasons at Indian Hills Community College, where he was a second team all-region honoree, Robinson wrapped up his playing career at Arkansas-Little Rock, where he started 22 games as a senior in 1997-98.
Loyola, which posted an eight-game improvement in the win column in 2012-13, will begin its first season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference this year.