Bobby Collins (basketball)

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Bobby Collins
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Maryland Eastern Shore
Conference MEAC
Biographical details
Born (1966-09-20) September 20, 1966 (age 50)
Southern Pines, North Carolina
Playing career
1987–1991 Eastern Kentucky
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1994–1995 Old Dominion (asst.)
1995–2002 Hampton (asst.)
2002–2006 Hampton
2006–2014 Winston-Salem State
2014–present Maryland Eastern Shore
Accomplishments and honors
MEAC Tournament championship (2006)
MEAC Coach of the Year (2015)

Bobby Lee Collins (born September 20, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Maryland Eastern Shore. He has been the head coach at Winston-Salem State University and Hampton University.

Playing career[edit]

Collins played collegiate basketball at Eastern Kentucky University from 1987 until 1991, earning All-Ohio Valley Conference Honorable Mention in his senior season. After earning his degree in business administration and management, he played one season overseas in Finland before returning to his alma mater to spend two years as an admissions counselor. In 1994, Collins took his first coaching job as an assistant to Jeff Capel II with the Old Dominion Monarchs.

Coaching career[edit]

He left Old Dominion after one season to join the coaching staff at Hampton. As a part of the Pirates' staff, Collins helped a program that was transitioning to Division I upon his arrival become a constant presence at the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. This rise to the top reached its apex with back-to-back MEAC tournament titles in 2001 and 2002. The 2001 Pirates squad pulled off one of the most memorable upsets in the history of the NCAA tournament, playing as a 15-seed and defeating the second-seeded Iowa State Cyclones in the first round.


Following the 2002 season, Hampton's then-head coach Steve Merfeld left the school to take over at the University of Evansville. Shortly thereafter, Collins was promoted to the position as head coach, his first-ever head coaching position.

While Collins was still able to be competitive with the Pirates, he was never able to quite match the same high level of success set by Merfeld. Hampton won 19 games in Collins' first season, a school record for most wins by a first-year coach, but fell just short of a third consecutive MEAC title with a loss to South Carolina State in the MEAC championship game. The Pirates returned to the MEAC title game in 2005, but again fell short, this time falling to Delaware State. Collins was, however, named the MEAC Coach of the Year for his efforts.

In 2006, after finishing in a tie for 5th during the regular season, the Pirates made a surprise run through the MEAC tournament and won their third MEAC title, and their first with Collins at the helm. However, their 16-15 record before the NCAA tournament sent Hampton to the opening-round game in Dayton, Ohio, where the Pirates were eliminated by Monmouth. Just two days after the loss, Collins resigned as the head coach of the Hampton Pirates.[1]

Winston-Salem State[edit]

Collins returned to his home state in September 2006 when he was hired to lead the Winston-Salem State Rams in their first season of Division I competition.[2] In his first season with the Rams, playing as an independent with a schedule mostly of road games, Collins managed a 5-24 record. The 2007–2008 season, Collins' second with the team, will mark the Rams' first season of MEAC competition. In 2010, Winston-Salem State returned to Division II, where the Rams had four-straight winning seasons and two NCAA tournament appearances.

Maryland Eastern Shore[edit]

On April 8, 2014, Collins accepted the head coaching job at Maryland Eastern Shore, returning to coaching in the MEAC with the third different team in his career.[3]
2014-2015 "Win Today" Results:
- 100% Graduation Rate[4]
- Best WINNING season in 41 years[5]
- From 6-24 (.200) to 18-15 (.545): 34.5% improvement[5]
- 3-1 (.750) in the Atlantic 10 Conference[6]
- 11-5 (.687) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC[7]
- 2015 Postseason Tournament (first in 30 years)[8]
- MEAC Coach of the Year[9]
- MEAC Rookie of the Year: Ryan Andino[10]
- Riley Wallace National Player of the Year: Mike Myers[11]
- The Ben Jobe Award National Coach of the Year[13]
- The Hugh Durham Award National Coach of the Year Finalist[14]


Collins, a Southern Pines, North Carolina native, played four years for the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels and played professional basketball in Helsinki, Finland.[15]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Hampton Pirates (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2002–2006)
2002–03 Hampton 19–11 13–5 T–2nd
2003–04 Hampton 13–17 11–7 T–3rd
2004–05 Hampton 17–13 13–5 T–2nd
2005–06 Hampton 16–16 10–8 T–5th NCAA D-I Opening Round
Hampton: 65–57 (.533) 47–25 (.653)
Winston-Salem State Rams (NCAA Division I independent) (2006–2007)
2006–07 Winston-Salem State 4–20 A
Winston-Salem State Rams (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2007–2010)
2007–08 Winston-Salem State 12–17 A A
2008–09 Winston-Salem State 8–21 A A
2009–10 Winston-Salem State 12–17 A A
Winston-Salem State Rams (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (2010–2014)
2010–11 Winston-Salem State 19–8 12–5 T–1st (Southern)[16]
2011–12 Winston-Salem State 21–9 10–6 T–3rd (Southern)[17] NCAA D-II First Round
2012–13 Winston-Salem State 21–7 13–3 2nd (Southern)[18] NCAA D-II First Round
2013–14 Winston-Salem State 18–11 11–5 2nd (Southern)[19]
Winston-Salem State: 115–110 (.511) 46–19 (.708)
Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2014–present)
2014–15 Maryland Eastern Shore 18–15 11–5 3rd CIT First Round
2015–16 Maryland Eastern Shore 10–22 7–9 T–6th
2016–17 Maryland Eastern Shore 14–20 9–7 6th
Maryland Eastern Shore: 42–57 (.424) 27–21 (.563)
Total: 222–224 (.498)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


^A Winston-Salem State became a transitional member of NCAA Division I in 2006 and was ineligible for postseason competition until the 2010–11 season. However, Winston-Salem State decided to return to Division II after the 2009–10 season.[20]


  1. ^ "Hampton men's basketball coach resigns". 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Winston-Salem State hires ex-Hampton coach Collins". 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
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  20. ^ "Winston-Salem State Announces Athletic Conference Decision". MEAC. September 11, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2016.