Coach Collins started coaching at Southwestern as an assistant for Cross Country and Track & Field in 2010 at while instructing full time in Transitional Education. Collins specializes in Student Services and pre-college reading, writing, and math instruction especially for first time, underprepared, or non-traditional students. Before coaching he was the advisor to Southwestern’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, an international honor society of two-year colleges.
Coach Collins prepared for this work academically by completing a professional technical degree in Culinary Arts in 1987 and working in that industry. He earned an A.A transfer degree from Seattle Central Community College in 1996 and then a B.A. in Linguistics and M.Ed. in Adult Education from Western Washington University in 1998 and 2000 respectively. He’s taught in five different community colleges and earned a post-graduate certification in language teaching before relocating to Coos Bay and learning about Steve Roland Prefontaine.
Since 2004, Coach Collins developed from occasional dog-walker to daily, competitive runner due to this area’s terrific atmosphere for growing an athlete’s potential. He joined the local South Coast Running Club participating in road races and the board. He directs one of the club’s main events, the Circle the Bay 30k Championship. In road racing, he’s run age group All American marks in eight events from 5k to Marathon running a Boston Qualifying time in Eugene in 2013. While focused on the 8k in Cross Country or 10k on the roads, Coach Collins also competes on the track holding meet records for the Prefontaine Masters Meet in the 1500, Mile, 3k Steeplechase, and 5k.
Coach Collins is USA Track & Field Level 1 Certified and developed his training philosophy in his years as an Assistant Coach in the Northwest Athletic Conference. Student-athletes at Southwestern work to learn balance in scholarship, running, and supporting their families and communities. The distance running program at Southwestern develops lifetime athletes that discover the best in themselves through hard, steady work and service to their team and school.