"Aki" Collins comes to Marshall from Howard University, where he was the top assistant the past three seasons. "Im really happy that coach Jirsa presented with me with this great opportunity," Collins said. "I know Marshall is a great school that has had success in the past and I am looking forward to helping build a winning tradition."
The 31-year old is a native of Brooklyn, New York, where he led LaSalle Academy to two NYC Championships during his sophomore and junior years. Collins helped lead his team to a 26-1 record and LaSalle was ranked among the nation's preseason Top 20 during his senior campaign.
Collins went to Atlanta, Georgia, for his college years. He first attended Morehouse College, but soon transferred to Clark Atlanta University to play for the Panthers. Clark Atlanta is a 15-year old consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, that is the only private, Historically Black University in the nation classified as "Doctoral/Research-Intensive" in the most recent US News and World Reports college rankings.
He graduated with a bachelors in Mass Media Arts. Collins spent three seasons as an assistant at the University of Colorado prior to his stint at Howard, one as a volunteer and two as the restricted-earnings coach. His responsibilities at Colorado included overseeing the team's managers, coordinating film exchange and participating in on-campus recruiting.
He was hired to work as the top assistant on head coach Frankie Allen's staff at Howard. Howard was 41-48 in three seasons, after only winning three games in the two previous years.
"Aki has had a wide variety of responsibilities in his stops at Colorado and Howard, and he will bring a wealth of experience to our program at Marshall," Jirsa said. "He is highly personable and will fit in well with our team and coaching staff."
"I'm excited about working with Ron, Bob [MacKinnon], and Josh [Postorino]. Those are three outstanding coaches who I can learn a lot from and I believe I can compliment them with what I have learned in my coaching career," Collins said. "I know we play in a great league with good student-athletes, and I am confident that we can recruit the quality individuals we need to be successful on and off the court at Marshall." Collins joins, Bob MacKinnon, and Josh Postorino as the Thundering Herd's full-time assistants.