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Collins to return to alma mater as head coach

Tony Collins, longtime assistant basketball coach at APSU, has resigned to become head coach at his alma mater, Virginia State.

He is excited about it, and we are excited for him, says APSU Head Coach Dave Loos. He deserves the chance–he has put in a lot of time and hard work (as an assistant), and I am pleased to see him rewarded with the opportunity to run his own program.
Tony Collins, longtime assistant basketball coach at APSU, has resigned to become head coach at his alma mater, Virginia State.

“He is excited about it, and we are excited for him,” says APSU Head Coach Dave Loos. “He deserves the chance—he has put in a lot of time and hard work (as an assistant), and I am pleased to see him rewarded with the opportunity to run his own program.

“This is a job I think Tony believes is a really good fit for him. He went to school and played there. He knows the area and some of the people over there. This is a job he has had his eye on, and it is great see him get that chance.”

Collins just completed his 16th season as an APSU assistant, 15 of them under Loos. When Loos was named head coach in July 1990, he elected to retain Collins from the previous coaching staff.

Collins came to APSU in 1988-89, joining former associate Jim Phillips as women's assistant. The two became acquainted at Virginia State, when Phillips served as women's head coach and Collins played for the men's team. Collins, a 1979 Virginia State graduate, later served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater and followed Phillips to Friends University, Wichita, Kan., serving as assistant men's coach in 1980.

He remained in Wichita in 1981, working toward his master's degree at Wichita State, before returning to coaching in 1982. Collins spent two seasons as women's assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) University.

After a stint in private business, he coached LaPlata's High School girls' basketball team to the 1987 Maryland state championship before moving to Fayetteville State (Fayetteville, N.C.) as an assistant men's coach and Boys Club program director.

With Governors amidst the final stages of spring recruiting, Loos has set no timetable for finding Collins' replacement.
—Brad Kirtley