VERMILLION — South Dakota head soccer coach Bob Nielson is happy to announce the additions of former Northwestern standout C.J. Robbins and Wisconsin alum Elijah Hodge to the teaching workers.
Robbins, a three-year starter and crew captain for the Wildcats in 2016, will work primarily with outdoors linebackers. Hodge, the youthful brother of former staffer Abdul Hodge, will work primarily with inside linebackers.
“I’m excited to have C.J. and Elijah on our staff,” stated Nielson. “They will be tremendous role models for our players and bring a high level of expertise to our defensive staff and our program.”
Robbins, who hails from Peru, Illinois, was a three-year starter for the Wildcats and a two-time educational all-Big Ten honoree. He earned a bachelor’s diploma from Northwestern in 2015 and a grasp’s diploma in 2016. Robbins signed with the Tennessee Titans within the spring of 2017.
“Thank you to Coach Nielson, Coach (Travis) Johansen and the rest of the South Dakota staff for the opportunity to join the Coyote family,” stated Robbins. “I couldn’t be more excited to come to a place like South Dakota. I look forward to helping develop players on and off the field and help sustain the success of the program. I am excited to continue to build on the defensive foundation built by this staff and our student-athletes.”
Robbins’ teaching profession started at Miami University in Ohio in May of 2019. He spent the 2019 season with the RedHawks earlier than transitioning to University of Minnesota. Robbins coached the Gophers for 2 seasons and labored primarily with the push ends on protection.
Hodge performed 35 video games for Wisconsin, together with 11 begins at linebacker as a sophomore. He graduated with a level in sociology and transferred to Northern Iowa for one remaining season. Hodge was the Panther’s fourth-leading tackler throughout the 2009 marketing campaign.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to coach the game that I love and to join an impactful staff and community at the University of South Dakota,” stated Hodge. “I want to thank Coach Nielson and Coach Johansen for believing in me and I’m excited to get to work.”
Hodge is making his first foray into collegiate teaching, however has a variety of experiences below his belt. Most notably, he helped construct the varsity crew at Roxbury Prep Charter within the Boston, Massachusetts, space in 2018. He led the crew to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and received the primary playoff recreation at school historical past.
Quite a few administrative management experiences led him to the Boston space. He was the coordinator of retention and help for Phoenix Charter Academy in 2012, the dean of tradition and local weather at Muriel Snowden International School in 2013, and was dean of scholars at Roxbury Prep from 2017-20. Hodge earned his grasp’s diploma in instructional management from Boston College.
In early 2021, Hodge based Linebacker Performance, which offers center, highschool and school linebackers technical coaching and complete linebacker schooling. He has additionally labored throughout the Sarasota County School District since October.
Hodge and his spouse, Zina, have a daughter, Emory.