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Archie Collins
Archie  Collins

Defensive Backs

Alma Mater:
Michigan State

Cornerbacks coach Archie Collins is entering his third season with the Central Michigan coaching staff.

Collins was named the Mid-American Conference Recruiter of the Year by in February, 2015.

The Chippewa secondary has made great strides during Collins' tenure, recording 14 interceptions for the second-consecutive season as CMU's defense ranked No. 1 overall in the MAC and 29th among Football Bowl Subdivision teams in 2014.

Safety Tony Annese and corner Brandon Greer, both returnees in 2015, shared the team lead with three interceptions apiece last season, and Annese earned Third Team All-MAC honors.

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.

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 Jugaleers recorded 15 shutouts, totaled 126 takeaways, and scored 16 defensive touchdowns.

While Collins served as the defensive backs coach at Cass Tech from 2003-04, the Technicians combined to record 29 interceptions, 22 pass break-ups, and score 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.

A Detroit native, 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.

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