Knicks VP Craig Robinson named NABC Executive Director

Lou DiPietro
July 14, 2020 - 3:19 pm

The National Association of Basketball Coaches has named Craig Robinson, the Knicks’ VP of Player Development and G League Operations, as their new executive director.

"I’m extremely honored and excited for this tremendous and vital opportunity,” Robinson said in the NABC’s statement. “I’d like to thank the NABC, our Board of Directors, President Jamie Dixon and the search committee for selecting me at such an important time for our membership, our players and our game. I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

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Robinson becomes the NABC’s fifth executive director, succeeding Jim Haney, who had been in that position for 29 years.

Hired by the Knicks in 2017, Robinson’s role included being the general manager of the G League’s Westchester Knicks. He was under contract to the team through August, but it was expected that his contract would not be renewed as new Team President Leon Rose evaluated his front office.

Robinson is well-known both off the court – his sister is former First Lady Michelle Obama – and on; as a player, Robinson was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year while at Princeton, and spent two years coaching in the Ivy as head man at Brown. He also spent six seasons as head coach at Oregon State, was the head man at both Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago High School, worked as an assistant at Northwestern, and also held a player development role in the Milwaukee Bucks’ front office prior to joining the Knicks.

“Craig encompasses everything we were looking for and more in the next leader of the NABC. Craig’s experiences as a decorated student-athlete, an accomplished coach and a high-level administrator uniquely position him to lead our association during this crucial moment in time for basketball,” Dixon, the current NABC President and head coach at TCU, stated in the release. “Given his background, education and values, we have exceeded expectations from when we started the search. We’re confident that Craig will be an ally for coaches from all levels of our sport, and will continue to strengthen the collaboration between the NABC and the NCAA, the NBA, high schools, grassroots organizations and numerous other key stakeholders.”

Per the NABC release, Haney will remain Executive Director of the NABC Foundation until September 2021, at which time Robinson will assume that title.

“I’m very excited for Craig and the NABC,” said Haney. “Craig has the heart of a coach, and his experience beyond coaching will prove invaluable to the upward trajectory of the NABC.”

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