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Archie Collins
Archie  Collins


Alma Mater:
Michigan State

Archie Collins is entering his third season with the CMU coaching staff as its defensive backs coach.

Collins was named the MAC Recruiter of the Year by in February of 2015.

Collins made an immediate impact as CMU tallied 14 interceptions in 2013 including three defensive touchdowns. The Chippewas also had the MAC's third-best pass defense, allowing just 203.9 yards per game.

On Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio's staff from 2010-12, Collins assisted with coaching the defensive backs and special teams in addition to recruiting. At Michigan State, Collins worked under defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett, helping six Spartans earn 10 all-conference honors and contributing to a Big Ten Championship in 2010.

Prior to his stint at Michigan State, Collins coached in the Detroit Public School League for seven years. Nine of his players earned all-state honors while 28 received all-city recognition.

Starting in 2006, Collins held the position of defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Southeastern High School for three years, helping the Jungaleers capture back-to-back district and PSL division championships in 2008-09. During his time at SHS, the Jugaleers recorded 15 shutouts, totaled 126 takeaways, and scored 16 defensive touchdowns.

In 2005, Collins was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Mackenzie High School.

Collins also served as defensive backs coach for two seasons at his high school alma mater, Cass Tech (2003-04). While at CTHS, the Technicians combined to record 29 interceptions and 22 pass break-ups and score four defensive touchdowns.

Collins played at Michigan State from 1996-97. A safety, he was a two-time letterwinner and was twice named the Spartans' Special Teams Player of the Week, the first time for his performance in a 1996 game against Penn State, the second time 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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