- Interim Head Coach
- Interim Head Coach
Tony Robie is in his 11th season with the Virginia Tech wrestling program. Robie coaches the middle and upper weights, as well as working with team travel, equipment and recruiting.
Robie has helped elevate the profile of the Virginia Tech wrestling program since arriving in Blacksburg in 2006-07 as associate head coach. Since that first season, the Hokies have gone on to win three ACC Dual Meet Championships, two ACC Tournament Championships and finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships four times. He’s also helped recruit and coach 15 ACC Champions and 13 All-Americans.
At Tech, Robie has helped coach 13 All-Americans to 20 spots on the podium: Pete Yates (twice), Jarrod Garnett, Nick Brascetta (three times), Devin Carter (three times), Zach Neibert, Chris Penny, Chris Diaz, Joey Dance, Zach Epperly (twice), Ty Walz (twice), Jared Haught, Solomon Chishko and David McFadden.
The 2015-16 campaign marked the best season in school history both in terms of performances on the mat and individual accolades. The Hokies won the ACC dual meet championship and then stunned the nation by finishing fourth at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, beating perennial powers such as Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Cornell. The fourth-place finish marked the best finish ever by an ACC team.
Robie came to Blacksburg after serving as the head coach at Binghamton University in New York. A two-time collegiate All-American and 1997 NCAA runner-up, Robie took over a program that had been discontinued after the 2003-04 school year because of budget constraints. Before taking over at Binghamton, he was an assistant coach for four seasons at the University of Michigan.
In seven years as a Division I assistant coach prior to coming to Blacksburg, Robie helped coach 23 All-Americans, nine Academic All-Americans and one national champion. As the Wolverines’ top assistant coach, Robie recruited three top-10 classes, including the No. 2 ranked class in 2004. His one-on-one work with Michigan student-athlete Ryan Bertin culminated with Bertin’s 2003 NCAA championship – the school’s first national champion in 18 years. In all, Michigan’s team earned national top-10 status all four years that Robie was a coach there.
His dedication and influence off the mat resulted in the wrestling team winning the 2003 community service award at the school.
A world-class wrestler in his own right, Robie racked up a 126-23 record on the collegiate mat, and was a two-time All-American. A two-time captain for former Olympic gold medalist Bruce Baumgartner at Edinboro University, Robie was a three-time Eastern Wrestling League Champion and a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion. As a senior, Robie led the Fighting Scots to a sixth-place national finish – the highest in school history and was the national runner-up. He ranks fourth on the school’s all-time wins list and went on to earn a bronze medal at the 1998 U.S. Open Freestyle Championships. In 2008, he was inducted into the Edinboro Sports Hall of Fame.
A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Robie was a Dean’s List student at Edinboro and received the school’s Academic Achievement Award before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1997.
Robie brings strong ties to the eastern wrestling hotbed as he also served as an assistant coach at West Virginia (1998-99) and Edinboro (1999-00). During his time at Tech, the Hokies’ recruiting has flourished with a top-25 recruiting class each year, including six classes rated in the top 11 nationally.
Robie and his wife Jennifer reside in Christiansburg with their three children: Nate, Luke and Jake.