Bo Robinson was elevated to full time assistant coach in June 2014 after returning to Charlotte in the summer of 2012 as a member of Loren Hibbs' staff. He works with the infielders, hitters and coaches third base for the 49ers. He will also be the on-field camp director and assist with recruiting.
In his first full-time season of 2015, Robinson helped improved the Niners team batting average right off the bat going from a slow .173 batting average in February, to an immediate turnaround in March hitting .267. After hitting at a .258 clip in April, the Niners would post a .263 average for March and April combined getting them in the Conference USA tournament race.
Robinson also helped senior Brad Elwood end the year hitting .328 to wrap up his career as a .308 hitter while also aiding Brett Netzer in landing on Conference USA's All-Freshman Team after hitting .318 on the season. Fellow freshman Eddie Hull would hit .364 in 22 at-bats, primarily as a pinch-hitter. Robinson would assist Logan Sherer in turning around his season with the biggest individual turnaround of the year. Sherer, sitting on a .149 average after 13 games, would then go on to hit safely in 31 of his last 35 games, hitting 363 over that 35-game span, to finish the year as a .311 hitter.
The 2013 squad saw immediate dividends with his addition as the 49ers had an All-Rookie catcher (Brett Lang) and the league's Co-Player of the Year, Justin Seager. The 49ers grabbed more hits and doubles than in 2013 and the team won 37 games, the sixth time in the past eight seasons that the program collected 35 or more wins.
Robinson remains the only player in Charlotte 49er history to reach 100 RBI in a season, which he did in 1998, a season in which Charlotte was selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large entry (only 48 teams played in the postseason in those years). He also hit a school-record 32 doubles of his record 106 hits that year, and he owns the career marks for doubles (82), RBI (230) and total bases (499). The 49ers retired his number-four jersey on May 12, 2013.
He is second in hits all-time at Charlotte (289), third in career runs scored (198) and homers (38), fourth in games played (221), seventh in batting average (.355) and slugging percentage for a career (.612) with the 49ers.
"We are thrilled to add Bo to our coaching staff," said Hibbs. "He was a great player for us, played multiple years in professional baseball and is a Charlotte graduate. He will work with our hitters and infielders as well as coach first base on game days. I know he is excited to be a part of our program and ready to get to work with our position players."
He is one of five players in team history to win a league batting title, hitting .424 for Charlotte in Conference USA in 1998, when he played in all 62 games for the 49ers in 1998. He earned one First-Team and three Second-Team All-America honors after that season, adding to a Freshman All-American honor in 1995.
He was the Seattle Mariners Minor League "Player of the Year" in 1999 after winning the Midwest League batting title with a .329 average, league record 50 doubles and 13 home runs. He also scored 101 runs, posted 102 RBI with 108 walks that season. He followed that with 33 more doubles, 10 homers, 97 RBI and a .313 average with Lancaster to earn an All-Star nod in the California League. Robinson also played in the Double-A All Star Game after hitting .293 with 13 round-trippers and 74 more RBI with San Antonio of the Texas League.
He also spent time in the Yankees and Cardinals organizations, playing as late as the 2005 season in the minor leagues. He advanced as far as triple-A with the Columbus Clippers with the Yankees organization.
Robinson is one of the most respected hitting instructors in the Charlotte region, formally holding the post of Director of Player Development with the On Deck Baseball Skill Development Academy. He was the head coach for On Deck O's team in 2011. While at On Deck, he helped over 250 players recieve college scholarships to play baseball. He joined On Deck in 2000, with former 49er Jason Hill, during his professional playing career. After his playing days were over, Robinson worked toward completion of his degree at Charlotte, which he did with a B.A. in History, awarded in May of 2010.
He is a local product, attending South Mecklenburg High in Charlotte, earning All-State and All-Conference honors with the Sabres.
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