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Dr. Michael G. Collins, Ph.D.

Head Cross Country & Track Coach


HIGH SCHOOL:  Parma Senior High, Parma, Idaho

BACHELOR'S DEGREE:  Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

MASTER'S DEGREE:  University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

DOCTORAL DEGREE:  University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho


20 Frontier Conference Titles

287 All-Americans

3 Olympic Trials Qualifiers

7 National Champions

President - Confluence Elite Track Club

President - Prodigy Racing

Past-President - Snake River Juniors Volleyball

USA Gold Basketball Coach Certified

President - NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association

President - NAIA Track and Field Coaches Association

National Cross Country Rater


Married (Tracy) with two children (Kassie and Emily).

From a personal athletic standpoint, Coach Collins has qualified for the USA Triathlon National Championships eight 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 also completed Ironman competitions in 2009 and 2012.

Collins 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 doesn’t 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 better.

In his spare time Collins enjoys playing poker and chess, reading, 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 and Emily) provide a great deal of fun.  Both actively involved in sports with Kassie playing college volleyball for Walla Walla Community College and Emily a varsity basketball player and track athlete at Lewiston high school. 

In 2014, Collins was elected to the Lewiston City Council, and in 2017 he was voted in as mayor.

Recently, Dr. Collins finished his first book which is available on Amazon (Coaching Like Your Daughters are on the Team)