The CMU defense ranked second in the MAC and 16th among Football Bowl Subdivision teams in 2015, one year after ranking 29th in FBS and No. 1 in the MAC. The Chippewas were ranked among the top 25 in the country in pass defense in 2013 (No. 20) and 2015 (No. 24). In 2016, the CMU defense finished the regular season ranked sixth in the nation with four defensive touchdowns – all by defensive backs returning interceptions.
Among Collins’ current protégés is junior cornerback Amari Coleman, who emerged as one of the top young corners in the MAC in 2015. The speedy and athletic Coleman started all 13 games and made 29 solo tackles, including one sack, and forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and made an interception. Coleman was named to the 2016 All-Mid-American Conference Team after a season that included four interceptions and 19 passes defended.
Collins, a Detroit native who was named the Mid-American Conference Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com in 2015, also worked with Kavon Frazier, who was a Second Team All-MAC player as a senior and now plays for the Dallas Cowboys.
Collins assisted with the coaching of the defensive backs and special teams on head coach Mark Dantonio's staff at Michigan State from 2010-12, working under defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett and helping MSU to the Big Ten championship in 2010.
While Collins was on staff, six Spartans earned a combined 10 all-conference honors. Three players – Trenton Robinson, Johnny Adams and Darqueze Dennard were named to the First Team All Big Ten Team. Dennard, an All-American player, also won the Thorpe Trophy for the nation’s best defensive back and was named Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year. Dennard went on to be a first-round NFL selection, as did Trae Waynes, another All-American coached by Collins. Kurtis Drummond earned Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year when Collins was on staff.
Prior to his stint at Michigan State, Collins coached at three schools – Cass Tech, Mackenzie and Southeastern – in the Detroit Public School League for seven years, during which nine of his players earned all-state honors and 28 received all-city recognition.
As defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach, Collins helped Southeastern win back-to-back district and Detroit Public School League division championships in 2008-09. During Collins' time at Southeastern, the Jungaleers recorded 15 shutouts, totaled 126 takeaways, and scored 16 defensive touchdowns. He coached Jonathan Hankins and William Gholston, both of whom went onto NFL careers, while at Southeastern.
While Collins served as the defensive backs coach at Cass Tech in 2003-04, the Technicians combined to record 29 interceptions, 22 pass break-ups, and scored four defensive touchdowns.
Collins played safety at Michigan State, lettering in 1996-97. He was twice named the Spartans' Special Teams Player of the Week, the first for his performance in a 1996 game against Penn State, the second against Purdue in 1997.
Collins earned his bachelor's degree in finance (1998) and master's degree in kinesiology and coaching (2011) from Michigan State. Collins and his wife, Brandi, have a daughter, Amber, and a son, Archie IV.