Craig Robinson can no longer contain himself.

After too many turnovers, missed calls or missed shots, Robinson launches himself off his chair and on his feet to yell.

He stalks the sideline, his voice breaking through the din of the Gill Coliseum crowd.

The scene repeats several times a game, twice a week.

It's not unusual. It's rare to find a coach that stays calm throughout every game.

Blowing off steam can be a good outlet for coaches unless they allow anger or frustration to take control.

Stress comes with the territory for a basketball coach.

"When your job is based on wins and losses or how other people play, it could be made to be more stressful than other jobs," Robinson, in his third season with Oregon State, said.

Coaches have to deal with long hours, constant travel and the expectations of fans and boosters.

Losing creates stress but winning doesn't necessarily relieve the problem.

How stress is handled can make the difference between life and death.

If left unchecked, chronic stress can spark major health problems.

And coaches are not immune to health issues.

In 2007, Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser died in his office of a heart attack at age 56.

Scott Lang, a coach at Division III La Roche College, died of a heart attack on Dec. 10, 2010. He was 41 and seemed to be in good health.

Former OSU coach Jay John had a hypertensive episode during a 2007 game at University of Washington and was taken to the hospital while his players were left to finish out the second half.

Robinson does his best to avoid that sort of scenario.

Fans who only see him in a game setting might think he stays at a boiling point.

Not so.

Robinson is very aware of the dangers of stress.

He is able to stay on an even keel and doesn't let the emotions of each game stay with him for long.

"I think actually people are surprised that I don't get more upset given how competitive I've been all my life," he said. "But I don't."

Only a few bad games have kept Robinson bothered for more than a day or so.

"The joke around my house is usually I'm back to normal by the time ‘Saturday Night Live' goes off," he said.

Maybe it's because he has an inkling of how much stress his brother-in-law, President Barak Obama, is under every day.

Maybe it's because he's worked other jobs.

"I traded bonds for a living. That's stressful. You lose money, you get fired. I played basketball for a living. You lose, you get fired. I grew up on the southside of Chicago. That's stressful, depending on who you talk to."

Robinson knows not to get too high or too low.

Robinson can't obsess on his wins and he has to find a way to get over the losses as quickly as possible.

"You can't have your entire life based on your wins and losses," he said. "What I try and do is focus on the things that are important to me. My family, my team."

Robinson's relatively easy-going outlook began with his parents.

As a player, he saw first-hand how different coaches reacted to the job.

Robinson said former Princeton coach Pete Carril tended to be excitable and erratic.

Bill Carmody, who replaced Carril at Princeton and then moved on to Northwestern, was more unflappable.

"I always thought that was good because you want your players not to go too high or too low," Robinson said.

Assistant coach Doug Stewart only has to look to Robinson as an example of how to deal with the everyday grind of coaching basketball.

Stewart said he focuses on his family and his love for teaching the players the sport.

He said Robinson is adept at handling big problems.

"He's great at breaking down big problems into smaller components and manageable sized things that we can all digest," Stewart said.

Robinson stays in shape. He stopped playing basketball to avoid injury, but he gets in a cardiovascular work out while the Beavers are hitting the weights.

He goes on walks with his wife and tries to get in walk when the team is on the road.

"I just try to have a positive outlook on life," Robinson said. "In addition to that, I exercise, try and eat right. So I try to handle all the physiological things I can do."

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