Calvin Robinson to Coach at Second Olympic Games
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Calvin Robinson, associate track and field head coach at the University of Miami, will serve as a personal coach at the upcoming Olympic Games in London. In his second Games, he will work with French high jumper Mickeal Hanany, who is the reigning French National High Jump Champion and bronze medalist at the 2012 European Athletics Championships.
"It is always exciting to go the Olympics," Robinson said. "It is the biggest event in our sport and I am fortunate enough to be able to head over there to coach. I am looking forward to this experience."
Throughout his coaching career, while at Sam Houston State, UTEP and now at Miami, Robinson's athletes have amassed numerous All-America honors, including Samantha Williams at the NCAA Championships in June. The mentor has also guided multiple NCAA Champions and record breakers.
In 2008, for his accomplishments at UTEP, Robinson was recognized as the Mountain Region Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year.
A 2000 graduate of Sam Houston State and a two-time All-Southland selection in the long and triple jumps, Robinson completed his master's degree at the school in 2004 in kinesiology. He holds Level I and Level II (sprints/hurdles) certification from the United States of America Track and Field Association.
Hanany, who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has worked with Robinson since 2004. In June 2008, he set a personal best of 2.32m in the outdoor high jump. Throughout his accomplished collegiate career, Hanany was a seven-time NCAA All-American (six at UTEP and one at SMU), was ranked 19th in the world during the 2006 season in the outdoor high jump with a personal best of 2.30m, won 15 conference titles at UTEP and earned the 2006 USTFCCCA Mountain Region's Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year.
"A jumps coach is different from a sprint coach in that I have to be able to evaluate and give constant feedback to the athlete," said Robinson in regards to his role at the Olympics. "It is a fine line between too much information and not enough, but I have to figure out what works best. Our goal for Mickeal is to make the finals."
Robinson hopes to be able to add a second medalist to his resume. His first came when Nigerian long jumper Blessing Okagbare, another former student-athlete of his at UTEP, brought home a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
The Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games are scheduled for July 27, with high jump competition beginning on Aug. 5. Between coaches and athletes, there will be 11 people representing the Hurricanes.Follow Miami track & field on twitter (@MiamiTrack) for the latest news and information on the program.