The Road to 800: Robinson Retrospective

The Road to 800: Robinson Retrospective

It is a list of accomplishments that is 40-years in the making. It is a list of accomplishments that is well known and well worth repeating. Franklin & Marshall’s Glenn Robinson has been named the NABC Coach of the Year a dozen times. He has posted 21 or more wins in 22 of his 39 seasons and has been to the NCAA Division III dance 21 times. Those 21 trips yielded 15 trips to the Sweet 16, nine appearances in the elite eight, five trips to the final four and one NCAA Championship Game appearance.

Perhaps most impressive is that Robinson has coached 263 players at an elite academic institution, with all but one of his letterwinners having earned their degree. 

Robinson keeps elite company in the coaching ranks. Since 2004, he has been the most victorious coach in NCAA Division III. Only one other Division III coach, St. John’s (Minn.) has reached the 700-win plateau. Robinson is one of only 18 coaches at any level to reach 750 wins. This season, he moved past Lefty Driesell on the NCAA’s Career Wins list, and Eddie Sutton is within reach.

With Saturday’s win over McDaniel, Robinson moved to within five wins of becoming only the 13th coach in NCAA history with 800 victories. asked the coach to recall the top five memories on his journey. We will reveal one with each win, leading up to win 799. We'll take our turn at a tribute to the institution at the institution when Coach Robinson hits 800. 

 #5 – 1979 Elite Eight, Franklin & Marshall 81, Jersey City 72

“I’ll never forget the end of Jersey City game in 1979,” says Robinson. "The Mayser Center was a packed house. The fans were chanting each players’ name and “Rock Island, Rock Island."  With the win, we went to the Final Four with Donnie Marsh and Bob Manskie.”

The Student Reporter Game Story

Glenn Robinson and Bob Manaskie

Manaskie set the College’s record for assists in an NCAA Playoff game, dishing out 20 helpers on the way to the win. It was one of a handful of records posted during the 1979 postseason run. Manaskie recorded 21 assists in a conference tournament win over Washington College. Marsh’s 7-of-7 shooting against Albright in the NCAA bracket remains the only perfect NCAA playoff performance for any Diplomat that fired five or more shots.

1979 Final Four Program (.pdf)

The 1979 Postseason Run

MAC - F&M 92, Washington (Md.) 65

MAC - F&M 53, Widener 47

NCAA - F&M 74, at Albright 63

NCAA - F&M 60, Elizabethtown 59 (at Albright)

NCAA - F&M 81, Jersey City 72

NCAA - North Park 83, F&M 73 (at Rock Island, Illinois)

NCAA - F&M 66, Centre 65 (Rock Island, Illinois)

Manaskie and Robinson talk shop during a 1979 game.