By Sarah Wegner
As we entered into this soccer season we gathered some information from the coach telling us about his plans for the year and how the team has improved from last year.
But first, here’s a little background information on Coach Collins. Coach Collins got his bachelor degree from East Texas Baptist University and his master’s in educations from UT Tyler. As a player, he played collegiate soccer at San Jacinto College before finishing his eligibility at ETBU, where he helped lead them to their first conference championship. After his senior year he played in the Kendis College All-Star soccer festival in Kansas City.
Coach Collins began his coaching career at East Texas Baptist University, where his roll was assistant men’s soccer coach for seven years. During that time, he was part of the Tigers’ back to back National Championship in 1998. In 1999 Collins became the first coach of the Women’s soccer team at ETBU and took them to the playoffs in their third season. He then became the American Southwest Conference Coach of the year in 2001.
IN 2003, Coach Collins and his family moved to Brook Hill. Since then, the Brook Hill girls team (started just a few years ago) made it to the Final Four in four of the last six years. The boys team went to the finals in 2010.
Coach Collins tells us his biggest achievements took place in 2013 and 2014 when he coached the girls team to a victory in the State Championship.
During the off season Coach Collins teaches MS science class and is the assistant football coach.
I asked him to give me some of his thought about the upcoming soccer season and he told me he, “I feel good about this season. The teams are training hard and are developing each day so I think we have a chance to be very competitive.”
In addition to ideal athletes having solid grades, a strong skill set, and top notch athletic ability, Coach Collins said, “I am a big believer in attitude and effort.” This year’s teams have several players that exhibit all of these characteristics.
Coach Collins believes that a key aspect of his program here at Brook Hill is to build a relationship with all the soccer players and impact their life.
The 2014 season has 15 players on the girls team and 20 players on the boys team. So far, the girls are 0-1 and the next game is January 9. As for the boys, they are 2-0.
Come January, plan to come out and support the Guard soccer teams!