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Collins is originally from the Bronx and is a 1997 graduate of Clark Atlanta University. Collins spent time as an assistant coach at University of Colorado (1997-2000), Howard University (2000-2003), Marshall University (2003-2006), and Fairfield University (2006-2008) before accepting a position at Marquette under Buzz Williams. While at Marquette, Collins gained a reputation as a good recruiter, assisting the Golden Eagles to two top-25 ranked recruiting classes during his tenure.
On May 27, 2012, Collins accepted an assistant coach position at the University of Memphis. In Collins' first few months with the program, he assisted the Tigers in securing the commitment of highly ranked frontcourt player Kuran Iverson.
- University of Memphis profile
- Marquette assistant Aki Collins joining Memphis staff by Brooks Hansen, Memphisroar.com, May 27, 2012
- University of Memphis Tigers basketball program hiring assistant Aki Collins from Marquette by John Martin & Jason Smith, The Commercial Appeal, May 27, 2012