Robinson and Marcantonio added to BSU coaching staff
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Patrick Smith today named Ty Robinson and Todd Marcantonio as assistant coaches for the 2005-06 academic year. Robinson is promoted to top assistant and Marcantonio joins the staff as a graduate assistant.

"We are extremely excited about what both of these coaches bring to our program," commented Smith. "Ty has the advantage of having been around our system and players for a year while I have known Todd for around 10 years and a player and coach. I am looking forward to the contributions they will both make at BSU as we look to contend for the NSIC Championship."

Robinson enters his second season on the BSU men's basketball coaching staff. After working as a volunteer assistant coach in 2004-05, he has stepped in the role of first assistant, filling the shoes of Gaston "Cha-chi" Rodriguez. Robinson will oversee recruiting, individual player development, academics an will assist in all additional phases of the program.

Prior to arriving at BSU, Robinson coached in the Special Olympics program of South Dakota and played a key role in the development process of young adapted athletes.

A native of Chicago, Ill., Robinson played high school basketball for Du Sable High and was rated as one of the top players in the state as a senior. Robinson later attended Rainy River Community College where he played point guard for the Voyageur basketball team at the age of 35. He graduated from Northern State University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in adapted physical education.

Marcantonio, comes to Bemidji State from Council Bluffs, Iowa where he played an later coached under Dean Brunson who also served as a head coach to Coach Smith during his collegiate career. Marcantonio played college basketball at Bellevue University where he was a member of two conference championship squads. Since that time has served in assistant coaching capacities at University of Nebraska-Omaha, Skutt Catholic High School (Omaha, Neb.) and Oak Park High School in Kansas City Mo. He is currently enrolled as a sports studies graduate student at BSU. Marcantonio is a graduate of Nebraska-Omaha.

The Bemidji State men's basketball team is coming off a season in which it posted an overall record of 17-12 while it was 10-4 within the NSIC. The team finished second in the league standings, when coupled with a second place finish in 2003-04, marks the first time BSU has finished as one of the top two teams in the NSIC standings since the 1971-72 an 1972-73 seasons.

BSU returns six players from its 2004-05 squad including 2005 NSIC Newcomer of the Year Duane Fields (Los Angeles, Calif.), Third Team ALL-NSIC selection Alvin Muse (South Holland, Ill.) and the 2004-05 NSIC rebounding leader Spencer Carter (Chicago, Ill.).