Phil Collins is in his second season on the bench under head coach Trina Patterson in 2017-18. Collins works primarily with the Spartan post players.
Under Collins' direction, freshman forward Te'ja Twitty had a breakout rookie campaign during the 2016-17 season. Twitty posted eight double-doubles on the season on the way to a All-SoCon Freshman Team selection.
Collins began his coaching career in 2009 at the University at 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 an 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.