Jimmy Robertson enters his first season as the Head Football Coach of FDU and will enter his sixth season with the FDU Football Program in 2020. Prior to becoming Head Coach, Robertson was the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the Devils from 2015-2019.
During Robertson's time at FDU, he helped transform the Devils offense. In 2019, FDU finished as the #1 total offense in the MAC (#27 in the nation) and #1 pass offense in the MAC (#9 in the nation). The team also broke FDU single game records for points scored (84), total yards (703), and first downs (32), along with single season records of points per game (32.3) and total offense per game (448.3).
This comes off the heals of a 2018 season that saw Robertson help lead the Devils to a 6-4 finish, the best finish in the program's last 25 years. During his five-year stint in Madison, Robertson has coached 11 All-MAC and 3 All-East Region players, an All-American and a MAC Offensive Player of the Year. In his five seasons, 9 players have been named to the d3football.com National Team of the Week. His offenses have broken over 30 single game, single season, career, and program records (individual and offensive).
Robertson coached 2018 All-American Mike Panzarino (15-18), who finished as the best receiver in FDU football history. Panzarino set an FDU record and led the nation with 102 receptions during the 2018 season. During his four-year career, Panzarino finished as the school's career leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,034) while finishing third all-time in receiving touchdowns (23). Along with Panzarino, Robertson also coached Malik Pressley (14-17), who finished first or second all-time in every receiving category, including first all-time in receiving touchdowns (41). Pressley was named the 2015 MAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Robertson also oversaw the four-year career of the program's best quarterback of all-time, Jagger Green (14-18). Green finished as the program's single-game leader in passing yards (593), completions (52), passing attempts (67) and passing touchdowns (6). He finished atop the all-time list for single season completions (245), passing yards (2,394), passing attempts (394), touchdowns (24), pass completion percentage (62.2) and passing yards per game (266.6) along with finishing as the school's all-time leader in completions (669), pass attempts (1,077), touchdowns (55) and completion percentage (62.1).
Robertson came to FDU from the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he coached for the previous four seasons. He served as Quarterbacks Coach from 2012-2014, after coaching the Wide Receivers in 2011. In 2014 he mentored quarterback Matt McDaniels who was named 1st Team All-Liberty League. In addition to his football coaching duties, Robertson also served as the Head Coach for the Men’s Tennis Team for 2 seasons (2014-2015). In 2015 he led the team to the school’s first ever Landmark Conference playoff berth and first ever ECAC playoff berth. During his tenure he mentored three 1st Team All-League performers, as well as the 2015 Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year. For his accomplishments he was named the 2014-2015 USMMA Athletics Coach of the Year.
Prior to his four years at USMMA, Robertson played in the German Football League (GFL) for the Plattling Blackhawks in 2009 and 2010. During this time, he helped lead the Blackhawks to their first ever GFL playoff appearance. He previously served as the Assistant Quarterbacks Coach at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, during the 2009 season while obtaining his M.S. Degree in Management in 2010. Robertson also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Business and Management from RPI. He minored in Sports Psychology.
During his time at RPI he was a four-year starting quarterback and served as team captain for two seasons. In 2007 he helped lead RPI to a Liberty League Championship and an NCAA playoff appearance. They also won ECAC Bowl Championships in 2005, 2006, and 2008. He was the Liberty League Player of the Year in 2008 and Liberty League Rookie of the Year in 2005, while garnering All-League accolades in each season. He was inducted into the RPI Athletics Hall of Fame in April of 2018.
A native of Yonkers, N.Y., he currently resides in New York with his wife Kristen and daughters Mia and Emma.
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