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Greg Collins
Position: Assistant Coach
City/State: Louisville, Ky.
Alma Mater: Louisville
Graduating Year: 1988
Experience: 4 Years
Phone: 479-575-3000
Email: gtc@uark.edu
Greg Collins, Asstant Coach
Courtesy: Jeri Thorpe, Athletic Media Relations

Published author isn't a phrase often tossed around in coaches biographies, but Arkansas assistant coach Greg Collins isn't the average women's college assistant coach.

Considered one of the top X-and-O coaches in the women's game, Collins provided drills for one of the standard books on women's basketball.  He has a long career of being one of the top drill masters and scouts in women's basketball, both at the college and professional level.

His impact extends to the recruiting efforts at Arkansas as he was key in the signing of the highest rated player in the Razorbacks top 25 Class of 2008, Louisville product C'eira Ricketts.

In her first year, Ricketts earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors as well as selection to the SEC Second Team.  She was an AP All-America selection and won a gold medal with the USA U19 team in international play.

Collins joined the University of Arkansas in 2007 after serving with incoming head coach Tom Collen at Louisville for the past several seasons.  At Louisville, Collins worked with the Cardinals scouting, and retains that game coaching assignment along with day-to-day court work with Arkansas.

Collins works with post players developing three in to professionals.  He assisted former Razorback Lauren Ervin on the court, then played an important role in preparing her for the 2008 WNBA Draft.  Even though Ervin missed the entire second half of the season with a torn ACL, she was drafted by the Connecticut Sun in the third round.

At Louisville, Lori Nero was drafted by the Houston Comets before going on to a highly-successful European career.  Jazz Covington also stars in Europe.

"We're fortunate that we were able to convince Greg to leave," Collen said.  "He grew up and was raised in Kentucky, but give him time and the folks here will believe he's a native Arkansan."

The floor work and scouting breakdowns by Collins for the new Arkansas coaching staff are vital to the team's future success.

"He is one of the finest at individual instruction I know, and his expertise and enthusiasm are a huge addition to the program," Collen said.

Collins was a five-year veteran at Louisville, working the past four seasons for Collen.  A former AAU coach for Derek Smith All-Stars, his youth teams produced three Miss Kentucky Basketball winners and was ranked among the top 15 programs in the country.  He served as assistant athletic director and assistant coach at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville prior to becoming a member of the UL women's staff.

During his career, he has been a contributor to the coaching technique book, Five-Star Girls' Basketball Drills, and served as an advance scout for the WNBA New York Liberty.

Collins also was one of the first women's coaches in the country to put advanced video software to work for a college team.  He brings that experience from assisting with the development of one of the country's top coaching video programs to Arkansas, and works with the Razorbacks to enhance the program of video analysis to assist the Arkansas players and staff.

His work with video also extends to developing talent behind the keyboard.  Six of his former video assistants are now working full-time with hoops teams including the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings plus college teams including Miami, Marquette and Florida State.

A Louisville native, he earned his bachelor's degree from UL in marketing in 1988, then finished a master's in business education from UL in 1994.  Collins married the former Rae Tribble in the summer 2010.

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