Harvey Robinson played quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers from 1931-1932, and spent most of his college coaching career as a member of the Vols’ coaching staff. Robinson served as a high school coach from 1935-1941 and took his first college job as the coach of Tennessee’s freshmen team from 1946-1948. He was promoted to backfield coach beginning in 1949, and in 1953 he was named the head coach of the Volunteers.
Robinson served as head coach for two seasons from 1953-1954. His 1953 team finished 6-4-1 and in seventh-place in the SEC standings; his 1954 team regressed to 4-6, bringing his record as a head coach to an even 10-10-1. Robinson left Tennessee following the 1954 season and worked as an assistant coach at Florida for five seasons from 1955-1959. He returned to Tennessee in 1960 and spent four seasons in his old job as backfield coach before retiring from coaching after the 1963 season. Robinson passed away in 1979 at the age of 71.