Jody Robinson is in his sixth season as a member of the coaching staff at CSU Bakersfield. On Sept. 20, 2011, Robinson was promoted to associate head coach from assistant coach by CSUB head coach Bill Kernen.
Robinson’s main duties include running the Roadrunner offense, serving as the team’s hitting instructor and infielders.
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 109 wins 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 resides in Bakersfield with his wife Sally. The two also have an adult son, Parker.