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Willy Robinson
Position: Defensive Coordinator / Secondary
Willy Robinson
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Willy Robinson, who has experience as a defensive coordinator in the NFL and college, enters his fourth season as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Arkansas.

Arkansas' defense became a force to be reckoned with in 2010, holding opposing offenses to 62-of-185 (.335) on third-down conversions, a mark that led the Southeastern Conference and tied for eighth in the NCAA. Four members of Robinson's defensive unit earned conference recognition as defensive end Jake Bequette, linebacker Jerry Franklin and safety Tramain Thomas were named to the All-SEC second team and defensive tackle Byran Jones nabbed a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team.

The Razorbacks were propelled to a 10-3 record and UA's first BCS appearance in 2010 with the help of a defense that ranked second in the SEC in tackles for loss (7.31) and sacks (2.85) per game. Arkansas' 95 tackles for loss in 2010 tied for the second-highest single-season total in school history. The Razorbacks also recorded the third-highest single-season sack total (37) in program history.

UA's improved secondary was apparent with a passing defense average of 185.3 yards, which ranked 20th in the nation.

Robinson has 33 years of coaching experience, including 12 as an assistant in the NFL and 21 years in the collegiate ranks.

The defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers in 2004, he was the secondary coach for the St. Louis Rams in 2006-07 where he coached former Razorback Darius Vinnett. He was the senior defensive assistant and secondary coach in New Orleans in 2005 after coaching the defensive backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2000-03. He also was the secondary coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 1995-98.

While with the Seahawks, he helped Shawn Springs and Daryl Williams earn Pro Bowl berths.

In 1999, he was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Oregon State, where he coached the Pacific 10 Conference's top scoring and pass efficiency units. OSU also was No. 9 in the nation in pass efficiency defense (98.9), No. 30 in scoring defense (23.1) and No. 48 in total defense (355.6).

With the Rams in 2006, he helped St. Louis improve its pass defense to third in the NFC and eighth overall in the NFL, allowing only 189.7 passing yards a game, which was the lowest for St. Louis since 1998 (176.9).

Robinson coached the secondary at the University of Miami in 1994, where the Hurricanes played for the national championship against Nebraska in the 1995 Orange Bowl, before going with head coach Dennis Erickson to Seattle. Robinson also coached with Erickson at Oregon State and in San Francisco.

Before going to Miami, Robinson spent 14 years at Fresno State, his alma mater, under head coach Jim Sweeney. The Bulldogs advanced to six bowl games during his tenure. At Fresno, he coached the secondary (1980-86), outside linebackers (1987-89) and later the secondary again along with handling special teams (1990). In 1988, he was promoted to co-defensive coordinator and then served as sole defensive coordinator in 1992-93 before going to Miami for the 1994 season.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Fresno State in 1978 and earned his first full-time position the following season as outside linebackers coach at San Jose State.

The Fort Carson, Colo., native played two seasons (1975-76) at the College of the Sequoias (Calif.) before transferring to Fresno State, where he played defensive back in 1977-78 and earned first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference honors as a junior and second-team honors as a senior.

Robinson is married to Susan and has two daughters, Brittany and Mallory, and a stepson, Morgan.

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