Bobby Collins

Bobby Collins (born October 30, 1965)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Shaw University Bears
Current conference: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)
Hampton record: 65-57 (.533)
Winston-Salem State record: 115-110 (.511)
Maryland Eastern Shore record: 49-82 (.374)
Shaw University record: 38-39 (.494)
Overall record^: 268-294 (.477)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2006)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2015)
  • CIAA (Div II) Regular Season Champion:  0
  • MEAC Tournament Champion:  1  (2006)
  • CIAA (Div II) Tournament Champion:  1  (2012)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  2  (2012, 2013)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2020-present Shaw University
2018-2020 South Carolina State (asst)
2014-2018 Maryland Eastern Shore
2006-2014 Winston-Salem State
2002-2006 Hampton
1995-2002 Hampton (asst)
1994-1995 Old Dominion (asst)

Bobby Collins Facts

  • Bobby Lee Collins
  • Born October 30, 1965
  • Hometown: Southern Pines, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Eastern Kentucky University (BA, 1991)
  • Played at EKU under head coaches Max Good and Mike Pollio, earning All-OVC Honorable Mention as a senior in 1991
    • Spent one season playing professionally in Finland before returning to his alma mater to work as an admissions assistant
  • Started his coaching career in 1994, serving as an assistant under Jeff Capel II at Old Dominion for one season
  • Arrived at Hampton in 1995, working as an assistant under Byron Samuels for two seasons and then under Steve Merfeld for five
    • Took over as head coach of the Pirates in 2002, leading the team for four seasons
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament in 2006 by way of a MEAC Tournament title
  • Left Hampton for Winston-Salem State in 2006, then in the process of transitioning from Division II to Division I
    • After one season as a transitional D-I program, the school decided to move back to D-II and later re-joined the CIAA
    • Collins went 115-110 overall during his eight-year tenure as the Rams’ head coach
  • Returned to Division I in 2014 when he was hired as the head coach at Maryland Eastern Shore
    • Went to the 2015 CIT in his first year but was just 31-67 over the next four, leading to his dismissal in March 2018
  • Worked as an assistant on Murray Garvin‘s staff at South Carolina State for two seasons
  • In March 2020 when he was hired as head coach at Shaw University (NC), however the 2020-21 season was cancelled
    • Collins is 38-39 through his first three full seasons as the head coach

Bobby Collins Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels