Ricky R. Collins joins the men’s basketball coaching staff as the Senior Advisor to the Head Coach beginning with the 2019-20 season.
Collins, the father of head coach Brian “Penny” Collins, has stamped his name in Tennessee basketball history as he is a member of the Metro Nashville Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and was inducted into Cumberland University’s Sports Hall of Fame in October of 2019.
Most recently, Collins assisted his son advance the Columbia State Chargers to back-to-back NJCAA National Tournaments – Elite Eight in 2014 and Sweet 16 in 2015.
The Nashville native is a three-time coach of the year, selected Mid-state and District Coach of the Year in 1997 and repeated while adding Regional Coach of the Year in 1998.
In his tenure as a head coach, Collins guided Pearl-Cohn to two state final fours, three sub-state games and Memphis Central to another sub-state game. Over his thirty-four years in high school coaching, he served as the head coach for Peabody High School, Memphis Technical High School, Memphis Central with his final twenty years spent in Metro Nashville with Pearl-Cohn, Antioch and Whites Creek High School.
Collins, who played basketball at Nashville Pearl High School, earned a scholarship to Middle Tennessee to play on the first men’s basketball team for the university, winning a regular season title before becoming conference championships in 1975. Later, the OVC Champion transferred to Cumberland where he was voted MVP after leading the team to the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association State Championship. He completed his college career at UT Martin.
Collins graduated from University of Tennessee at Martin in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned his associate’s degree in 1976 from Cumberland University. He went on to earn his master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene in 1990.
Collins and his wife Andrea, are the parents of two children, Ashley and Brian.