Former Iowa RB Adam Robinson going to defending NCAA Division II champion Minnesota-Duluth

Program's coach from Linn-Mar and Wartburg

Bob Nielson
Bob Nielson

Adam Robinson is going from one good football program to another.

The former Iowa running back has landed at Minnesota-Duluth, which is as good as it gets in NCAA Division II. Robinson will sit out this season and begin play for the Bulldogs in 2012.

UMD went 15-0 and won the D-II national-title in 2010, its second such championship in three years.

The Bulldogs have a definite Iowa flavor. The head coach is Bob Nielson, a Marion native and Linn-Mar High graduate. Nielson's alma mater is Wartburg College in Waverly. He was an assistant coach there for eight seasons, and was the head coach and athletic director there from 1991 to 1995, guiding the Knights to two Division III playoff berths.

Nielson has thrived at Duluth, where he is 79-21 in eight years, and 9-2 in playoff games. His career record is 149-54-1.

UMD's roster features two Iowans, sophomore Grant Schnobrich of Cedar Rapids Kennedy and freshman Mac Mahmens of Linn-Mar. Both are offensive linemen.