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Hired at LUS in June 2010

Collins, the captain of Arizona’s first and only NCAA championship team in 2008, comes to Baton Rouge after serving as a graduate assistant coach for her alma mater and the Silver Group head coach at Ford Aquatics in Tucson, Ariz.

This past collegiate season, Collins worked with the breaststroke and individual medley groups and assisted former Arizona assistant and new Missouri head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh, who coached Annie Chandler to the NCAA title and a new NCAA record in the 100 breast as well as NCAA champions Cory Chitwood (200 backstroke) and Clark Burckle (200 breast).

During her tenure as Silver Group head coach at Ford Aquatics, Collins oversaw the day-to-day operations of the group as well as the training and development of more than 50 swimmers from ages 9-14, while also serving as the head coach of Tucson Tri-Women, playing an integral role in their training for the swimming aspect of their triathlons.

As a student-athlete, Collins was a member of three Pacific-10 championship teams at Arizona in addition to its 2008 NCAA championship team as a sprint butterfly and freestyle performer. She was also an Olympic Trials and NCAA qualifier and was once ranked in the top 20 in the world in the 50-meter fly with a time of 26.7.

A Pac-10 Post-graduate scholarship recipient in 2008, Collins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently pursuing a master’s in Educational Leadership.

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