TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FAMU Athletics) – Florida A&M Head Coach Jamey Shouppe announces the hiring of Anthony Robinson as Assistant Baseball Coach for the FAMU baseball program. Robinson returns to FAMU as an Assistant Coach where he played third base for the Rattlers from 1996-1999. Robinson will coach third base, work primarily with the outfielders and assist with the hitters.
"I'm very excited to be back apart of the program as a coach," Robinson said. “Coming back from being a player 15 years ago to be on this stage with coach (Jamey) Shouppe and coach (Bryan) Henry and this staff is an honor and an exciting opportunity. I look forward to working and communicating with the guys the importance of working hard, coming to play every day and playing the game the right way. I hope to come in and help continue making this program successful."
A native to Tallahassee, Robinson’s ties to the Rattler baseball program began in high school as he played at Florida A&M Developmental Research School where he excelled in both baseball and basketball. Robinson was a two-sport letterman at FAMUDRS and a state basketball champion in 1994 and 1995.
Robinson earned a baseball scholarship and played baseball for Florida A&M under former Head Coach Joseph Durant from 1996-1999. Robinson primarily played third base while at FAMU, and earned MEAC Freshman of the Year honors in 1996. He was also named to the MEAC All-Tournament Team in 1996 and 1997 and was voted Second-Team All-MEAC at third base his senior season in 1999.
"I'm very excited for Anthony Robinson coming over from the Florida State University School and what he brings to the program," said head coach Jamey Shouppe. “He's a former FAMU player so he knows the system and what to expect at FAMU. He's a guy everyone naturally gravitates to. It all starts with who the person is and his character is off the charts. He's a quality person first of all and, with that, has a great background in baseball."
He comes to FAMU having coached on various different levels of baseball, including Babe Ruth 13U All-Star Team (2001), Lincoln High School Freshman/Varsity (2002) and Florida High School baseball teams from 2003-2013. From 2001-2005 he also served as the Assistant Head Coach for the Varsity Boy's Basketball team at Florida High and the Head Coach for the Varsity Boy's basketball team from 2006-2011. Before arriving at FAMU, Robinson was the Head Coach for the Varsity Girl's Basketball team at Florida High from 2013-2015.
Robinson graduated from Florida A&M in 2001 with a BS degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He and his wife, Anicia, are the proud parents of two boys, Anthony II and Amare.
Robinson is replacing long-time Assistant Coach Brett Richardson, who was hired as the Head Coach at Alcorn State on September 1.
The Rattlers open the 2016 season on Friday, February 19 against Marshall for a three-game series at Moore-Kittles Field.