BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Jody Robinson, former assistant coach to CSUB Head Coach Bill Kernen at Cal State Northridge and a fellow assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton, has been named the head assistant coach of the CSUB baseball program, Kernen announced Tuesday. Robinson’s main duties will include running the Roadrunner offense, serving as the team’s hitting instructor and infielders’ coach.
“Jody Robinson is the most important addition to the CSUB baseball program since we began the building process,” said Kernen. “He has been a Division I head coach and we worked together successfully for many years at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. He was my assistant in 1991 at Northridge, our first year of Division I play, so he’s been through what we are attempting to achieve here and that will prove to be invaluable to our efforts.”
A materials, warehouse and production manager at Royal Oak Enterprises in West Plains, Mo., for the past 12 years, Robinson found Bakersfield to be the perfect opportunity to get back into the baseball world.
“I am very excited to be able to work with Bill again,” said Robinson. “There are only a couple of people I would do this for, and this was a situation where I feel like we have the opportunity to start something and build it the right way.”
Robinson and Kernen first joined forces as assistant coaches at Cal State Fullerton in the late 1970’s through 1981. During that time, the Titans, who had just made the transition to Division I in 1975, earned five NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the College World Series and a national championship title in 1979.
Robinson moved on to be named the head coach at Long Beach City College from 1982-85, where he led the Vikings to a runner-up finish in the Metropolitan Conference, falling to eventual state champion L.A. Harbor. He then spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Cerritos Community College, which won state championships in 1985 and 1987.
Robinson and Kernen teamed up briefly in 1988, both serving as assistant coaches to former Titan Head Coach Augie Garrido, this time at the University of Illinois. Robinson remained with the Illini for three seasons, helping the team to Big 10 Championships in 1989 and 1990.
In 1991, Robinson returned to California where Kernen was in his second season as the head coach at Cal State Northridge, leading the Matadors through the transition from Division II to Division I play. After helping CSUN to a 44–18–1 record, the West Regional championship game and a top 10 ranking in the final NCAA Division I poll in their first season of DI play, Robinson was named the head coach at Loyola Marymount, where he guided the Lions to a 109 win from 1992-1996. While there, he also oversaw fundraising efforts for the construction of a baseball weight facility and upgrades to the Lions’ baseball field.
Robinson graduated from Cal State Fullerton 1981 with a bachelor of science in physical education. He was an outfielder and third baseman on the Titans’ squad in 1975-76, earning first team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association both years. He was also named the team’s co-MVP and team captain his senior year.
Robinson, who will begin his duties at CSUB on Sept. 8, will be joined in Bakersfield by his wife Sally. The two also have a grown son, Parker (29).