thought when he started coaching at Lewis-Clark State that he would
be here only a year or two as he was finishing up his Ph.D. at the
University of Idaho. Little did he know that he would fall in love
with coaching and the athletes. That was in 1997 and now Collins is
entering his 12th year at the college and in that time he
has taken a program that just battled to field teams Ė let alone
race Ė into a program that is battling every year with the top teams
in the country.
In the past
nine years the teams have produced over 40 All-Americans, two
conference Runner of the Year winners, one Region I Runner of the
Year and champion, and numerous all-conference and all-region
selections. Additionally the Education Divisionís student of the
year has been a cross country runner three times (2001, 2003, and
2008). Collins was also honored this past season as the Frontier
Conference Menís and Womenís Coach of the Year.
For the past
seven years the womenís cross country team has placed in the top 25
at nationals each year finishing 15th, 9th, 19th,
17th, 19th, 21st, and 19th.
Additionally, 2003 was the first year that a full menís team
qualified for nationals and it finished 23rd; in 2006
they finished 21st and this past season they finished 18th
and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.
hard to stay on top of the current research, science and methods in
regards to coaching his runners. He has a masterís degree in
Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Sport
Science from the University of Idaho. All of his research at both
schools dealt with improving the performances of endurance athletes.
He is also a USATF Certified Level II coach with a specialization in
endurance and is working towards his Level III. Although Collins
works hard to stay on top of the latest in the sport, he is a big
believer in the heart and work ethic of his athletes. No matter what
they may or may not have been "gifted" with, if they are willing to
work hard, they will get faster.
He is also a
part of the leadership within the sport of running, serving as First
Vice President for the NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association and
has been a national rater for the past seven years.
In his spare
time Collins enjoys fly fishing, running, doing triathlons and
spending time with his family. His wife Tracy, is the head athletic
trainer at Lewis-Clark State and assists with the team. His two
daughters (Kassie Ė 7 and Emily Ė 4) provide a great deal of fun and
have already indicated that they want to run for daddy some day and
be a "country kid". From an athletic standpoint, Collins has
qualified for the U.S. Triathlon National Championships five times
and completed his first Ironman Triathlon (2.4m swim, 112m bike,
26.2m run) in 2005 finishing in 11:06.24 after cramping up 13 miles
into the run. He is scheduled to race another one in 2009.
believes that he should be willing to walk the walk and not just
talk the talk. In addition to the triathlons, he runs on a daily
basis and pushes himself to stay fit. Although he doesnít run at the
same level of his athletes, he works to be a good example of what it
means to be committed to your sport, to work and train hard to be
served as an assistant coach since the beginning of the program and
was instrumental in convincing her husband to come in and coach the
team. As the athletic department's head athletic trainer, she
evaluates and treats the injuries of all athletes at the college,
including those of the Warrior runners. She plays a major role in
the development of the cross country scholarship program, where
individuals and businesses contribute money to the team to be used
by the student-athletes to help offset the costs of going to school.
She also does many of the other administrative duties that help to
keep the program moving in the right direction.
Tracy is a
certified athletic trainer and has served as the ATC at Lewis-Clark
State College for more than a decade. She also is a member of the
NATA and the Idaho Athletic Trainers Association. She is also a
board member of the Idaho State Board of Medicine for Athletic
Trainers and is currently serving as its chair.
Tracy is a
native of Lewiston and attended Lewiston High School, where she
established several school records as a sprinter. Throughout her
high school track career she finished first in several relays and in
the 100 and 200 her junior year at the Idaho State Meet. When she
graduated in 1988, Tracy held six individual and relay records in
track and several of those still stand today, including an 11.93
time in the 100 meters and a 24.97 clocking in the 200.
Tracy ran track
at Boise State University, competing in the 100, 200 and 400 meters
as well as on relay teams. She graduated from BSU in 1993 with a
Bachelorís degree in Athletic Training. She is currently working on
her Masterís degree.
Now Tracy spends a lot of her time running after her
daughters Kassie and Emily, and loves being a mom. When she has
time, she enjoys reading, photography, scrapbooking, and staying at
the familyís cabin on the Selway River.