Robert J. Cushman (born 1956) is an American football coach and. He is the head football coach at Occidental College, a position he has held since 2017. Cushman has also served as the head football coach at Eastern Oregon University, Feather River College, Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and the University of Minnesota Morris.
|Born||1956 (age 62–63)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1979–1980||Chico State (assistant)|
|1987–1996||Eastern Oregon (DC)|
|2008–2010||Augustana (IL) (DC)|
|Head coaching record|
34–21 (junior college)
Cushman's college head coaching career started in 1997 at Eastern Oregon University after being promoted from defensive coordinator, a position that he had held for ten years. He resigned as the Mountaineers' head coach in 2001 with an 18-31 record.
In 2002, Cushman landed his second head coaching job at Feather River College in Quincy, California. He led the Golden Eagles to five consecutive bowl games and a 34–21 overall record. After the 2006 season, Cushman resigned.
Cushman went to Augustana College (Illinois) in 2008 to become their defensive coordinator. In 2008, the Vikings' defense under Cushman allowed only 13.4 points per game, ranked seventh in NCAA Division III and first in their conference (CCIW). The Vikings' defense allowed 16.7 points per game in 2009, and 18.8 points per game in 2010.
Cushman was named the Augustana Vikings head coach on November 24, 2010 after four years as defensive coordinator. He resigned on December 2, 2014 with a 17–23 record as the head coach. During his time as the head coach at Augustana, Cushman helped produce five Academic All-Americans, a National Football Foundation Scholar and an NCAA Division III All-American. In addition, 22 Vikings earned all-conference recognition under Cushman.
On April 1, 2015, Rob Cushman was named the 17th head coach at the University of Minnesota Morris for the Cougars football team. On October 3, 2015, Cushman lead the Cougars to their first homecoming victory since 2006, a 44–43 win over MacMurray. After a poor 0–10 finish in 2014, Cushman improved the Cougars football team to a 4–6 record in his first season as their head coach.
Head coaching record
|Eastern Oregon Mountaineers (NCAA Division III independent) (1997–2001)|
|Augustana (Illinois) Vikings (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) (2011–2014)|
|Minnesota–Morris Cougars (Upper Midwest Athletic Conference) (2015–2016)|
|Occidental Tigers (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2017–present)|
|Feather River Golden Eagles (Golden Valley Conference) (2002–2006)|
|2002||Feather River||6–5||2–3||4th||L CLO Bowl|
|2003||Feather River||9–2||4–1||2nd||L Tri-Counties Bank Holiday Bowl|
|2004||Feather River||6–5||3–2||2nd||W East County Bowl|
|2005||Feather River||7–4||4–1||2nd||L Silicon Valley Bowl|
|2006||Feather River||6–5||2–3||4th||L Capital Shrine Bowl|
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- Morrow, Shannon (March 13, 2002). "FRC Hires Football Coach". Indian Valley Record. Greenville.
- James, Marty (November 30, 2002). "Former St. Helena coach leads Feather River into Bowl". napavalleyregister.com. Napa Valley Register. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- "Rob Cushman named head football coach". augustana.edu. Augustana College. November 24, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- "Cushman resigns as head football coach". athletics.augustana.edu. Augustana College. December 2, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- "Rob Cushman resigns as head football coach at Augustana". qconline.com. (Moline, IL: Quad-Cities Online). December 2, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- Kern, Brooke (August 25, 2015). "Cougars picked ninth in preseason poll". (Morris, MN: Morris Sun Tribune). Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- Batcher, Stephen (April 1, 2015). "Rob Cushman Named UMM Head Football Coach". umacathletics.com. Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- "U of M, Morris hires Cushman as football coach". startribune.com. Star Tribune. April 1, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- "Morris Names Next Head Football Coach". morris.umn.edu. University of Minnesota. April 1, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- Batcher, Stephen (October 3, 2015). "Cougars Emerge Victorious on Homecoming". ummcougars.org. University of Minnesota. Retrieved January 5, 2016.