On April 28, 2015, ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes added former Columbia State head coach Brian Collins to the Buccaneers’ bench.
Collins, a 2006 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, enjoyed a three-year stop at Columbia State, leading the Chargers to the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association regional championship game in his final two seasons and winning the 2014-2015 tournament title. In his final two years at Columbia State, Collins’ teams compiled a 54-11 overall record and the team made back-to-back appearances in the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Multiple Columbia State players have been highly recruited by NCAA Division I, II and III level basketball teams. This season, Collins coached two NJCAA All Americans. Three of his players have signed with NCAA Division I schools with at least three more having a good chance of following suit.
Collins, a star player for the Belmont University Bruins from 2002-06, was a finalist for the Tennessee State University head coaching job in 2014.
Collins was a sixth round draft pick in the National Basketball Developmental League, playing the 2006-2007 season for Finland’s Kouvot Bears. As a college player for the Bruins, Collins scored over 1,000 points and left Belmont as the all-time leader in assists and steals during the Division I era and served as team captain for both his junior and senior years.
After a year of professional basketball in Finland, Collins returned to the U.S. to earn his Master of Education from Tennessee State University, graduating in 2009. During his graduate school years, Collins served as the graduate assistant/director of basketball operations for the TSU Tigers. Before coming to Columbia State, he worked three seasons as an assistant coach at Cumberland University in Lebanon.
Collins is married to Lakeya Collins and they have one son, History Collins.