DANIYAL ROBINSON | ASSISTANT COACH
Daniyal Robinson (dan-yell) is in his third season as assistant coach on Steve Prohm’s staff. It is Robinson’s second stint in Ames after previously serving on Greg McDermott’s staff from 2008-10.
Robinson's second stint at Iowa State has seen the Cyclones win the Big 12 Tournament, advance to the NCAA Tournament twice, including a Sweet 16 trip in 2016, and post a 47-23 record.
The Cyclones have posted multiple memorable wins the last two seasons, including a win at No. 3 Kansas that snapped the Jayhawks' 51-game win streak at Allen Fieldhouse. Iowa State also collected the school's second-ever win against a top-ranked foe when it disposed of Oklahoma at Hilton Coliseum in 2016. ISU also posted a come-from-behind win against Iowa, rallying from 20 points down in the second half to beat the Hawkeyes.
The Cyclones spent the majority of the last two seasons nationally ranked, rising to as high as No. 4, and finishing both inside the top 25.
The 2016-17 Cyclones finished the season 24-11 and tied for second place in the Big 12. Iowa State ranked among the nation's most complete teams, finishing in the top 45 in adjusted offense (11) and defense (42). ISU finished 11th nationally in 3-pointers made with 344 and 29th in steals per game at 7.9.
In his first season back at ISU, the Cyclones went 23-12 overall and advanced to the school's fifth-ever Sweet 16.
The Cyclones led the Big 12 and were 14th nationally in scoring offense (81.8 points per game). Iowa State boasted a potent all-around attack, finishing second nationally shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 22nd in 3-point field goal percentage (38.7).
There has been no shortage of recognition for the student-athletes the last two seasons. Georges Niang and Monté Morris were selected as All-Americans. Niang was also a recipient of the Karl Malone Award in 2016, which is given annually to the nation's top power forward. In total, ISU players have been named to All-Big 12 teams nine times the last two seasons, which equals the most among any league schools in that time.
Robinson joined Prohm’s staff after two seasons at Loyola (Chicago) in which he helped the Ramblers to 24 wins and the College Basketball Invitational title in 2014-15.
Under Robinson’s tutelage, Christian Thomas developed into one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s most productive post players. Thomas finished his career with more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds, one of just 10 players in school history to reach those marks.
Robinson has also been a mentor off the court, starting the Ramblers For Education program, which linked Loyola student-athletes to the community.
During his first two seasons at Iowa State, Robinson was key in the development of three future NBA players in Diante Garrett, Justin Hamilton and Craig Brackins, who was an All-American and the No. 21 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Robinson also helped the Cyclones land Marquis Gilstrap and LaRon Dendy.
After Iowa State, Robinson worked at Houston under head coach James Dickey from 2010-2013. He helped TaShawn Thomas develop into one of the premier players in Conference USA. Thomas later transferred to Oklahoma, where he earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors in 2015. The Cougars advanced to the CBI quarterfinals in 2013.
Robinson, a Rock Island, Illinois, native, also coached at Illinois State and his alma mater, Arkansas-Little Rock. The Trojans won the Sun Belt Conference West Division title and earned their first 20-win season in 2007-08.
At Illinois State, Robinson coached the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, MVC Newcomer of the Year and MVC Most Improved Player during his tenure.
Robinson played at Indian Hills Community College before transferring to UALR. He was a second team all-region honoree at Indian Hills, where he helped the Warriors to a 35-4 mark during the 1995-96 season. Indian Hills finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA poll that season and advanced to the national tournament.
Robinson earned his bachelor’s degree in health education from Arkansas-Little Rock in 1999. He is married to Kim and the couple has three children – Devyn, Reece and Reid.