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Baseball Adds Strength And Conditioning Coach Robbins To Staff

Aug 26, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sun Devil Baseball Head Coach Tracy Smith has added strength and conditioning coach Jason Robbins to his staff at Arizona State University.

”I’m excited for the opportunity Coach Tracy Smith and Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson have given me,” Robbins said. “Sun Devil Baseball is synonymous with success, and I can’t wait to start developing champions and future Major Leaguers.”

Robbins previously worked with Coach Smith at Indiana University from 2009-14, and oversaw the strength and conditioning program for baseball, swimming, diving, and water polo.

While at IU, Robbins gained esteem for cultivating world-class athletes as he coached two individual national champions, five Olympians, 18 players of the year, 29 conference champions, 108 all-conference honorees and 161 All-Americans.

Robbins’ unique and baseball-specific training program helped the IU baseball team reach unprecedented heights, including two Big Ten Conference Championships and a College World Series berth. His student-athletes accounted for 10 All-America selections and 15 Major League Baseball Draft picks, including Kyle Schwarber, an undrafted high schooler who was the fourth overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, and Sam Travis, who became a second-round pick after being a 40th-round pick out of high school.

“Jason is a valuable part of our team and bringing him to Tempe is another step toward cultivating a championship mindset,” coach Smith said. “Strength and conditioning is such a huge part of the athletic culture in major college sports and I am glad that he is able to lead such a key element of our program.” 

Robbins spent two years at the University of Michigan as an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2007-09. During that time he was responsible for implementing sport-specific strength and conditioning programs for men's and women's diving, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's soccer, women's rowing and women's water polo.

Robbins earned both his bachelor's (2004) and master's (2006) degrees in exercise science from the University of Toledo. He is a former football student-athlete for the Rockets where he was named the Mid-American Conference Special Teams Player of the Year in 2005 and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award that season.