Greg Collins Promoted to Associate Head Coach of Lady Topper Basketball

By: Robert Sampson - WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Robert Sampson - WKU Athletic Media Relations

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University Lady Topper Basketball assistant coach Greg Collins has been promoted to associate head coach, it was announced Friday by WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard.

“This is a well-deserved and well-earned promotion for Coach Collins,” said Clark-Heard. “He has been an amazing asset to me over the last two seasons in helping us reestablish this program as a national name on the recruiting trail and on the court. His background in this state as well as working with some of the top names in women’s basketball at the college level as a coach and at the WNBA level as a scout are invaluable to this program. He has been so important to the individual development of our players. The strides that they have made in such a short amount of time is a testament to his ability to teach the game. He is such a major part of helping us take the next steps forward towards success in Conference USA and in advancing in the NCAA Tournament.”

The 2014-15 season will mark Collins’ third season on Clark-Heard’s WKU staff.

Collins has been a key component of WKU's quick turnaround that saw WKU become the first team in league history to win 20 games in consecutive seasons after winning less than 10 in the previous season. WKU also claimed a Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 during Collins' first two seasons at WKU.

His presence has also been felt on the recruiting trail where he helped WKU secure a top 100 signing class in 2014, including the signing of Kentucky Miss Basketball Ivy Brown.

Prior to coming to WKU, Collins spent the five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas. The Razorbacks finished 24-9 in his final year with the team in 2011-12, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Collins also helped guide Arkansas to WNIT appearances in both 2009 and 2011.

His impact also extended into recruiting where he was key in signing the highest ranked player in the Razorbacks' top 25 class of 2008 - Louisville native C'eira Ricketts. Rickets was named SEC Freshman of the Year following her first season, and went on to become an Associated Press All-America selection.

Prior to going to Fayetteville under head coach Tom Collen, Collins was on the staff for five seasons at Louisville. The Cardinals made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances during that time, and earned the program's first-ever Top 25 ranking. U of L won 70 percent of its games during Collins' tenure.

Collins was responsible for the development of the U of L post players, helping develop a pair of WNBA draft picks in Lori Nero and Jazz Covington.

Collins went to Louisville after serving as an assistant athletic director and assistant coach at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville. Along with his assistant athletic director duties, he was the junior varsity head coach and the assistant varsity coach. While at Manual, the Lady Crimsons advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament in 2000 and recorded a runner-up finish in 2001.

From 2000-03 Collins served as the head of the Derek Smith All-Stars AAU team. In his three seasons with the Derek Smith All-Stars, his teams produced 20 Kentucky All-Stars and three Miss Kentucky Basketball winners. The Derek Smith All-Stars were ranked as one of the Top 15 adidas programs nationally and 16 players earned Division I scholarships.

Prior to his stint at Manual High School, Collins was a varsity assistant at North Bullitt High School. He also developed the North Bullitt Swoosh AAU program. Collins also served as an advance scout for the WNBA's New York Liberty, and contributes to the Five Star Basketball play and drill books. Collins earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Louisville in 1988, and completed his master's degree in business education in 1994. He also achieved his Rank I in special education in 1998.

Collins married the former Rae Tribble in the summer of 2010. The couple has a son, Parker, who was born in the spring of 2012, and welcomed a daughter to their family, Emma Clare, in the spring of 2014.

Individuals interested in obtaining tickets for the 2014-15 women’s basketball season can CLICK HERE to complete a request form. Orders will be filled in the order they are received. The complete 2014-15 schedule and pricing for tickets will be announced at a later date. Individuals can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG-RED to learn more about season ticket opportunities, visit www.wkusports.com or visit the ticket office in E.A. Diddle Arena.

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