NICK COLLINS |
Nick Collins begins his first season as a member of the track and field coaching staff where he will be responsible for the jumps and combined events.
Collins most recently coached at Northwest Nazarene University where he was the associate head coach/director of operations for the track and field teams. In his four years with the Nighthawks, his student-athletes set 12 school records in the jumps and combined events under his guidance. Twenty of his student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships and Collins was twice named USTFCCCA West Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year. He also played an instrumental role in recruiting student-athletes to the Nighthawks' squad and assisted with several administrative duties.
"Coach Collins brings experience and knowledge to our program and will help to complete our coaching staff as we continue to raise the level of the men's and women's track and field teams," Mitchell said. "I am excited for our student-athletes who will excel under his guidance. I am confident in his coaching knowledge and his ability to effectively recruit and coach in the Mid-American Conference and the NCAA Division I Level."
Prior to his time at Northwest Nazarene, Collins served four years as the assistant coach at Montana State University. He coached the sprints, hurdles, jumps and combined events with 24 new school records being set under this guidance. He was involved with meet management as well as recruiting, fundraising and organized the MSUB pole vault clinic, sprint/hurdles clinic and throws clinic.
Collins, a graduate of Central Washington University, earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in exercise science. A student of the sport, Collins has continued his education with numerous USTFCCCA certifications including strength & conditioning certification, combined events and multi event specialist certification and sports psychology for the track and field coach certification. He has also been a guest speaker at the Montana Coaches Association Coaches Clinic.
"Accepting this position on Coach Mitchell's staff is extremely exciting," Collins said. "Working at UB is a great fit for my family and I'm happy to be stepping into NCAA Division I Athletics at an institution with so much momentum and so much to offer. The biggest selling points for me were the people I'll be working with. I'm excited to learn from and collaborate with such a talented and professional coaching staff and athletic department. My family is excited to call buffalo home and we are anxious to see what accomplishments lie ahead for UB Track and Field and Cross Country."
Collins has moved to Buffalo with his wife Amanda and their two children, Elliot (5) and Caroline (2).