Feb. 21, 2014
Greg Robinson and Keith Carter, who have coaching experiences in three Super Bowl victories, are joining the San Jose State University football staff as assistant coaches. Robinson will be the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach and Carter will be the offensive line coach and running game coordinator in an announcement made by second-year Spartans head coach Ron Caragher.
Robinson brings five decades of National Football League (NFL) and NCAA Division I coaching experience to the Spartans. He was the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator (1995-2000) when the Broncos won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII in 1998 and 1999, respectively. He also was the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets (1994) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2001-03).
The new San Jose State defensive coordinator coordinated defenses for the University of Texas (2004 & 2013) and the University of Michigan (2009 & 2010). The 2004 Texas team won the 2005 Rose Bowl and 2010 Michigan team played in the 2011 Gator Bowl.
The 62-year old Los Angeles native began his coaching career in 1975 at the University of the Pacific. In his early coaching years, he also worked at Cal State Fullerton (1977-79), North Carolina State (1980-81) and UCLA (1982-89). At UCLA, he was the defensive line coach (1982-88) and offensive coordinator (1989) when Caragher was a Bruins quarterback during the 1985 through 1989 seasons.
Overall, Robinson was a coach of 16 teams to play in a bowl game or advance to the NFL playoffs. During the 2005 through the 2008, he was the head coach at Syracuse University.
Robinson is a 1975 graduate of the University of the Pacific. He played linebacker and tight end for the 1972 through 1974 Tigers teams and was the recipient of the team's Most Inspirational Player Award as a senior.
Carter was the Offensive Quality Control Coach for the Super Bowl XLVIII winning Seattle Seahawks. The new San Jose State assistant coach joined the Seahawks in 2012 after three seasons working for Caragher at the University of San Diego. He was the tight ends coach in 2009 and the offensive line coach in 2010 and 2011.
The 2005 UCLA graduate was a tight end and running back on the 2001 through 2004 Bruins teams. Carter began his coaching career that year as an undergraduate assistant at his alma mater. He moved on to Wagner College as tight ends coach for the 2006 season and spent three seasons (2007-09) as the offensive line coach at the University of Redlands.
In more San Jose State football coaching news, Caragher announced new responsibilities for four returning assistant coaches and one graduate assistant. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jimmie Dougherty is adding the title assistant head coach. Terry Malley is moving from coaching tight ends to coaching the wide receivers and is retaining his responsibilities as the recruiting coordinator. Donte Williams, cornerbacks coach in 2013, will be the defensive backs coach in 2014. Joe Staab, who coached the safeties last season, will be working with Robinson, the new defensive coordinator, coaching the outside linebackers. Graduate assistant Eric Thomason, who focused on working with the offensive linemen in 2013, will coach the tight ends this season.