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Wednesday, June 11, 2008
June 11, 2008
Chris Collins is back in an old role at a new place.
Collins has been named as an assistant coach for the Lipscomb baseball team. The new job reunites him with Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. Collins, 29, played one year of baseball for Forehand at Trevecca Nazarene University. After his playing days were over he spent four years as an assistant coach for Forehand.
When Forehand left Trevecca to become the head coach at Lipscomb Collins stepped in as his replacement.
"The addition of Chris Collins to our staff is going to make a significant impact to our program and our school," said Forehand. "Chris is not only an excellent baseball coach, but one of the finest Christian men that I know.
"He will bring knowledge, enthusiasm and energy to our team immediately. He will fit in with us and will be able to help us take our program to another level. Everyone at Lipscomb will enjoy getting to know Chris Collins."
In his two seasons as head coach at Trevecca Collins posted a record of 81-34-1. In two seasons in the TranSouth Athletic Conference he guided Trevecca to a 38-9 record and two conference championships. Trevecca also played the in the NAIA Region XI Tournament both seasons.
Collins earned numerous awards this season at Trevecca. He was named both the TranSouth and Region XI Coach of the Year. He also directed Trevecca to No. 4 nationally in the NAIA, the highest ranking ever for the team.
The Bisons are coming off their most successful year since making the move to NCAA Division I with their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, their first ever NCAA Tournament win (10-7 over Georgia) and their first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship.
"This is an opportunity to be part of what looks to be a resurrection of sorts of Lipscomb athletics across the board and especially with baseball," Collins said. "It was such a high-caliber program in the NAIA years ago. Obviously, the school is trying to create the same kind of legacy and tradition in the NCAA.
"To see the support, the excitement and the success of the team the last two years under Jeff is definitely exciting. It has been fun to watch that success."
Collins is looking forward to working again with Forehand in a different program.
"I'm excited to get started at Lipscomb," Collins said. "The No. 1 attribute that an assistant coach needs to have is to be able to anticipate what the head coach wants. As a player under Jeff I realized pretty early that we think along the same thought pattern a great deal of the time. I feel like as an assistant coach I can do what Jeff wants and do it the way he wants it done. I think from a professional standpoint that typifies our working relationship."