Brian Collins

Brian “Penny” Collins (born March 23, 1984)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Tennessee State Tigers
Current conference: Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)
Tennessee State record: 81-102 (.443)
Overall record^: 81-102 (.443)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2018-present Tennessee State
2017-2018 Illinois State (asst)
2015-2017 East Tennessee State (asst)
2012-2015 Columbia State CC
2009-2012 Cumberland (asst)
2008-2009 Tennessee State (DBO)
2007-2008 Tennessee State (grad. asst)

Brian Collins Facts

  • Brian “Penny” Collins
  • Born March 23, 1984
  • Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Alma Mater: Belmont University (BA, 2006) / Tennessee State University (MA, 2008)
  • Played collegiately at Belmont under longtime head coach Rick Byrd
    • Spent the 2006-07 season playing professionally in Finland and with the Bakersfield Jam (NBDL)
  • Started coaching career in 2007 as a graduate assistant at Tennessee State under Cy Alexander; promoted to DBO a year later
  • Spent three years as an assistant at NAIA Cumberland (TN) and then three years as head coach at Columbia State CC (TN)
  • Joined Steve Forbes‘ coaching staff at East Tennessee State in 2015 and left for Illinois State in 2017, spending one season under Dan Muller
  • Hired in March 2018 as the head coach at Tennessee State, a position he was also a finalist for in 2014
    • Through five years at the helm, Collins is 63-87 overall with two winning seasons
  • Along with his wife, Lakeya, has one son

Brian Collins Coaching Tree

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^ overall record includes head coaching positions at NCAA Division I level only