Collins announced Monday that after 11 seasons at CBU he is retiring as a collegiate basketball coach.
"I am so thankful to have led the men's basketball program at CBU for the past 11 years," said Collins. "I want to thank (University President) Dr. Ellis and (V.P. for Student Services) Kent Dacus for the opportunity they gave me here. I have been blessed to have coached and worked with so many quality people. My memories will be a treasure to me. So many of our players have developed a relationship with God while being here and we collectively have been blessed with winning a lot of games together."
A veteran of the small college ranks, Collins was the 11th and the second-longest tenured coach in CBU history and arguably the most successful. He finished his Lancer career with a 195-141 (.580) mark, which puts him in second place on the all-time coaching record list at CBU, just five wins shy of first place. He is one of four coaches with at least 100 wins while at CBU and is one of four with a winning record during his tenure.
Collins came to CBU in 2003 and over the course of the next 11 years he helped put the Lancers' program on the national map. He guided the Lancers to their second-highest win total in program history, eight Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament berths, a trio of NAIA National Tournament appearances and a No. 1 national ranking. He has coached 14 all-Conference honorees, two NAIA All-American selections, a GSAC Player of the Year and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
"Coach Collins elevated the men's basketball program and modeled consistency, class and a Christ-like concern for the players," said CBU President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis. "The impact he has had during these 11 years of service at CBU will continue to carry forward and is indicative of Tim's significant legacy."
On Jan. 30, 2012, Collins picked up his 600th career coaching victory with a thrilling 56-54 win at Hawaii Pacific. His career record is 616-441 (.583) in 34 seasons as a collegiate head coach. He coached his 1,000th career game on Feb. 15, 2011, when the Lancers defeated San Diego Christian 67-50.
Excluding his time at the junior college level, his mark at four-year schools is 456-304 (.600) in 23 seasons. He has been named regional coach of the year six times, has taken nine teams to national tournament berths, won a pair of NCCAA National Championships and has had 17 players earn All-American honors.
While at CBU, Collins had four 20-win seasons, including three in a row from 2007-09. During those three seasons, the Lancers spent 27 weeks ranked in the NAIA Top 25 and had 15 wins over nationally-ranked teams while making back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances for the first time in program history.
"I'm very thankful for the leadership Tim has provided our men's basketball program the last 11 years," said CBU Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker. "The man has won over 600 games and touched many lives along the way. I've always appreciated his willingness to teach more than basketball by witnessing to his players. He will be missed but I know he'll be back to watch the Lancers often in the future."
Known by his competitors as a master schemer and game planner, Collins helped lead the Lancers to victories over NCAA Division I opponents Southern Utah (2011) and Pepperdine (2010). The Lancers also played at Pac-12 member UCLA and Big East-member Seton Hall (losing by just eight points) as well as playing Big West-members UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly SLO.
Collins coached some of the best players in CBU program history, among the likes are the first NAIA All-American in program history in Terrance Johnson (2005), the first-ever NAIA All-American first-team selection, GSAC Player of the Year and three-time all-conference selection Mark Roussin (2007-09) and most recently one of just three players in program history to earn three all-conference honors in Luke Evans (2010-13).
"Coach Collins has been a great mentor to me and all of the guys he has coached," said Evans, who finished his career with 1,328 points, 10th on CBU's career list. "He's a teacher and his lessons went beyond the court. He taught us how to be better basketball players and better men. He has a ton of passion for basketball, for God and for the players, and I'm thankful I got to experience that for four years. He loves every single player on the team whether it was a go-to player or the last player on the bench. He's a great man."
Collins began his coaching career at Judson Baptist Junior College in The Dalles, Ore., from 1979-82. He also had stints at Western Baptist (now Corban College) in Salem, Ore., Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Columbia Basin Junior College in Pasco, Wash. He spent 11 seasons on the junior college level and 23 seasons at four-year institutions.
According to Parker, a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.