Greg Collins hired as Lady Tops’ second assistant coach

New WKU assistant coach Greg Collins

New WKU assistant coach Greg Collins

Here is WKU’s official release on new Lady Topper assistant basketball coach Greg Collins. More in a little while.

Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard announced the second addition of her coaching staff on Wednesday. Greg Collins — a 10-year veteran in the college coaching game — will come on board as an assistant coach.

“I’ve known Greg for a long time and he’s an unbelievable coach and great person,” said Clark-Heard about Collins. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s coached in two of the top conferences in the country – the Big East and SEC. He’s smart with x’s and o’s and brings a lot in coaching ability and recruiting. I’m very ecstatic to bring him here.”

Collins — a native of Louisville, Ky. — has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas. The Razorbacks finished 24-9 this past season, 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 with 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 comes to U of L 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 on 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.

“Coach Clark-Heard has been a good friend for many years and has proven to be a good coach and good recruiter,” said Collins on joining the coaching staff at WKU. “I’m excited to return to my home state of Kentucky and be on Coach Heard’s staff and help restore the winning tradition of WKU women’s basketball.”

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, and the couple welcomed their first child, a son Parker, this spring.

The Greg Collins File:

College —

Louisville (BA), 1988; (MA), 1994

Coaching Experience —

 North Bullett High School, assistant coach

 DuPont Manual High School, assistant coach/assistant AD (1997-98 – 2001-02)

 Derek Smith All Stars AAU, head coach (2000-01 – 2002-03)

 New York Liberty, advanced scout (2006-07)

 Louisville, assistant coach (2002-03 – 2006-07)

 Arkansas, assistant coach (2007-08 – 2011-12)

 Western Kentucky University, head coach (2012-13 – )

Family —

Wife, Rae; Son, Parker

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