Overall, Collins has 19 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a coordinator and four years as a head coach at the collegiate level.
In 2016, Collins coached a pair of kickers who performed at a high level in senior PK Brock Warren and sophomore P Aaron Dalton. Warren was 9-of-12 of field goal attempts and that .750 percentage ranks tied for 10th all-time in school history. Warren was also 35-of-36 on extra points to rank tied for ninth all-time at USU in extra points made. Dalton punted 62 times during the year with 19 of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 25 of his punts were fair caught. Overall, Dalton had eight punts of 50-plus yards, including a long of 56.
Furthermore, Utah State ranked third in the Mountain West and 38th nationally in kickoff return defense in 2016, allowing just 19.47 yards per return.
Collins came to Utah State after spending four seasons as the head coach and special teams coordinator at Division II South Dakota School of Mines.
As head coach at South Dakota School of Mines from 2012-15, Collins led the Hardrockers to winning seasons in 2013 and 2015, the last being just its third in the past 30 years. During his four years at SDSM, Collins notched 16 victories to become the sixth-winningest coach in program history.
Under Collins’ direction in 2014, South Dakota School of Mines set single-season school records with 5,282 total yards, 3,540 passing yards and 286 first downs and led all of college football in red zone efficiency. SDSM also set single-game school records with 674 total yards vs. William Jewell, 481 passing yards vs. Northwestern and 34 first downs vs. Southwest Baptist. Furthermore, SDSM set the single-season school record for points scored with 386 during the 2013 campaign.
As members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2014 and 2015, South Dakota School of Mines had 14 all-conference honorees under Collins, highlighted by quarterback Trent McKinney, who twice earned first-team honors and was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2014. During his first season at SDSM, McKinney set single-game school records with 535 total yards, 481 passing yards and 36 completions vs. Azusa Pacific, as those 535 total yards were also a GNAC single-game record.
McKinney also rushed for a school-record 206 yards by a quarterback and passed for 297 yards in setting a then-GNAC single-game record for total offense with 503 yards in a 62-44 win vs. William Jewell in 2014 as he rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more. McKinney also set single-season school records with 3,666 total yards, 2,974 passing yards, 242 completions and 24 touchdown passes in 2014.
Collins also mentored a pair of record-setting kickers at South Dakota School of Mines in Devon Jones and Kolten Jelden. In 2013, Jones set single-season school records with 42 extra points made and 72 points scored, and made a school-record 53-yard field goal. In 2012, Jelden set the single-season school record for punting average at 41.6 yards per kick.
Along with all the success South Dakota School of Mines had on the field under Collins, the Hardrockers were just as successful in the classroom as seven players earned GNAC All-Academic Honors in 2015.
Prior to his head coaching stint at South Dakota School of Mines, Collins served as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Portland State in 2011, where he coached placekicker Zach Brown, who was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press, the Walter Camp Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association and the Sports Network.
During the 2011 season, Brown made 24-of-27 field goals (.889) and ranked first in the nation in field goals made per game (2.18) and tied for eighth nationally in points per game (9.18). Along with Brown, Collins also coached punter Thomas Duyndam to honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference honors in 2011.
Prior to Portland State, Collins spent three seasons (2008-10) at Central Washington as the special teams coordinator and linebacker/defensive line coach. At CWU, Collins coached an All-American and two-time first-team all-GNAC kicker in Garrett Rolsma, as well as first-team all-conference kick returners Courtney Smith (2008) and Jerome Williams (2009).
Collins has also had coaching stops at Southern Oregon in 2007 (defensive coordinator), Idaho State from 2005-06 (linebackers coach), Western Washington from 2003-04 (linebackers coach), South Dakota School of Mines in 2002 (defensive/special teams coordinator) and Western Oregon from 1998-2001 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach).
In addition, he spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of the Vienna Vikings (Austria) European League football team as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach from 1999-2001.
While the special teams coordinator at Western Washington from 2003-04, Collins coached punter Mike Koenen, who went on to play for 10 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Collins played college football at Western Oregon from 1993-97 as a linebacker, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1998 and then a master’s degree in education in 2001.
Collins, a native of Sutherlin, Ore., and his wife, Mandi, have four daughters, Kayla (14), Mackenzie (12), Kylee (6) and Mackenna (4).
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