Tommie Robinson, who has coached running backs at the collegiate and NFL levels, joined the USC staff in Feburary of 2013 as the running backs coach.
Robinson, 49, handled the Arizona Cardinals' running backs the past 3 years (2010-12). In 2011, he helped Beanie Wells become the first player in franchise history to run for at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Wells also set a franchise game rushing record with 228 yards against the St. Louis Rams that season. The Cardinals' rushing attack was hampered in 2012 by injuries and the 2010 offense was primarily pass oriented.
He spent the previous 3 seasons (2007-09) as the running backs coach at Miami (Fla.), helping the Hurricanes to the 2008 Emerald Bowl and 2009 Champs Sports Bowl, after working in 2006 with the running back at Memphis.
Before Memphis, he coached 4 seasons (2002-05) at Georgia Tech, coaching wide receivers the first year and then tight ends the next 3 seasons. Tech wideouts Kerry Watkins and Will Glover finished their careers in 2002 among the school's Top 5 all-time receivers. Tight ends John Paul Foschi and Darius Williams played in the NFL. The Yellow Jackets played in the 2002 Silicon Valley Classic, 2004 Humanitarian Bowl and 2004 Champs Sports Bowl.
He spent 2001 as the running backs coach at Oklahoma State, working with future NFLer Tatum Bell.
He was an offensive assistant with the Dallas Cowboys for 3 years (1998-2000), working with the wide receivers (including future Hall of Famer Michael Irvin) and special teams. The 1998 and 1999 Cowboys advanced to the NFL playoffs and the 1998 squad won the NFC East title.
He went to the Cowboys after a 3-month stop as the running backs coach at UNLV early in 1998. Before that, he coached running backs at Utah State for 2 years (1992-93), helping the Aggies to the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, and wide receivers at TCU for 4 seasons (1994-97), as the Horned Frogs played in the 1994 Independence Bowl.
He began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1991, as the Razorbacks played in the 1991 Independence Bowl.
He started coaching at the high school level, guiding Woodham High in Pensacola (Fla.) in 1986 and 1987 and Central High in Phenix City (Ala.), his alma mater, from 1988 to 1990.
During his various college stops, he also served minority coaching internships with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.
He was a 3-year starter at strong safety and team captain as a senior at Troy State, where he was a member of the 1984 Division II national championship team. He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Troy State in 1985.
He was born on April 4, 1963. He and his wife, Lartonyar, have 3 children: sons Dantrell, 27, and Trey, 17, and daughter Tawanda, 20.
BIRTHDAY: April 4, 1963
NFL STARS: Beanie Wells, Tatum Bell, Michael Irvin