Phil Collins was named assistant women's basketball coach July 1, 2016. Collins spent a year on Patterson’s staff during the 2009-10 season at the University of Albany. His main responsibilities will be overall player development, working with the post players and recruiting with an emphasis on international student-athletes.
Collins began his coaching career in 2009 at the University of Albany as an assistant coach on Patterson’s staff. Following the season he returned home to his native Australia where he spent the next year coaching at Knox Grammar in Sydney.
Following Knox, Collins became the head men’s and women’s coach at University of Technology Sydney for the 2011 season. From 2011-2014 he was the Head Player/Coach Development Manager for Basketball Northern Territory in Darwin, Australia. He made stops with Hills Hornets Championship League Women and Trinity Grammar School where he most recently served as the Assistant Director of Coaching.
Collins began his playing career at New Hampshire as an undergrad but transferred to North Alabama where he helped his team to a NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 2008 when the squad posted 27 wins. He earned a starting role as a senior where he averaged 6.6 points per game and shot 46.3 percent from the field.
He holds a degree in psychology with a minor in fitness management from North Alabama.