A veteran of the small college ranks, the 2012-13 season will mark the 11th year for Head Coach Tim Collins at the helm of the California Baptist University men's basketball program.
In 10 seasons at CBU, Collins is 181-128 (.586). During his tenure time, he has guided the Lancers to their second-highest win total in program history, eight Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament berths, a trio of national tournament appearances and is one of two coaches to have at least four 20-win campaigns during his CBU tenure. He has coached 13 All-Conference honorees, two NAIA All-American selections, a GSAC Player of the Year and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
On Jan. 30, 2012, Collins picked up his 600th career coaching victory with a thrilling 56-54 win at Hawaii Pacific. His career record now stands at 602-428 (.584) in 33 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 442-291 (.603) in 22 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.
Collins moved into second on CBU's all-time coaching list this past season, as the Lancers went 16-10 in their first season in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference. The Lancers were in the hunt for a conference title much of the way in 2012, eventually finishing fourth in the closely contested conference race with a 10-8 PacWest record.
In 2011, the Lancers finished 14-16 but had big wins over NCAA Division I Southern Utah (79-69) and NAIA Division II national power and No. 9-ranked Oregon Tech (78-64). The win over Southern Utah was the second straight year they defeated an NCAA Division I team. They played in their seventh straight GSAC Tournament, nearly upsetting second-seed and No. 7-ranked Azusa Pacific, which needed a last-second, spinning shot to pull out a 73-71 win.
Collins led the Lancers to an 18-13 mark and an 11-9 GSAC finish, good for sixth place, in 2010. The Lancers made their sixth straight postseason appearance and had three wins against nationally-ranked teams, including No. 7 Fresno Pacific and NAIA Division II national-power Oregon Tech. They also beat NCAA Division I Pepperdine in thrilling fashion.
In 2009, Collins became the first coach since Evans in the mid-1970s to lead the Lancers to three straight 20-win seasons as CBU finished 22-9 overall and was fifth in the GSAC at 12-8. The Lancers started the season with their highest preseason rating ever at No. 5 and after a 7-0 start they ascended to the No. 1 ranking for the first time ever. Along the way, the Lancers had six wins against nationally-ranked teams and also played exhibitions at NCAA Division I UCLA and Seton Hall, nearly upsetting the Pirates. Senior Mark Roussin became just the second player to earn three straight All-GSAC honors.
The 2008 season was one of the best in program history. The Lancers finished 24-9, matching the second-highest win total ever. It was their third 20-win season in the past four seasons and for the third time in the past four years the Lancers finished third in the GSAC, one of the nation’s toughest conferences.
The Lancers were the No. 10 seed at the NAIA Tournament, which was the highest seed ever. It was their second straight tournament berth and third in the past four years. In the opening round the Lancers defeated Xavier (La.), 77-69, and then had defending champion Oklahoma City on the ropes in the Sweet 16 before falling, 69-63, to the Stars, who went on to win their second straight national title.
Roussin became the first player in program history to be named NAIA All-American first team as well as GSAC Player of the Year. In all, he was named to three All-American teams.
In 2007, the Lancers put together another impressive campaign. CBU finished 20-11, just the program’s tenth 20-win campaign. The Lancers swept national-power Azusa Pacific, finished the season winning eight of their final 10 games, were ranked No. 19 in the final NAIA Coaches’ Poll and earned their second national tournament berth in the past three years.
In 2005, Collins guided the Lancers to yet another successful season, leading the squad to the second-most wins in the program’s history (24) and their first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament since 1976. There, they earned a win against No. 15 Lubbock Christian (Texas) in the first-round.
Collins came to California Baptist after spending three seasons (2000-02) at Western Baptist College, now known as Corban College, in Salem, Ore. He led the NAIA school to 76 wins, including two berths in the conference championship game and two trips to the NAIA and NCCAA national tournaments. He was also the school’s Director of Athletics during this time. It was his second head coaching stint at Western Baptist.
From 1992-99, he was at Columbia Basin Junior College in Pasco, Wash., collecting 121 wins. Eight of his players went on to play at NCAA or NAIA schools. His teams qualified for the regional playoffs in six of his eight seasons.
In four seasons (1988-91) at Tennessee Temple, located in Chattanooga, Tenn., Collins led his teams to back-to-back NCCAA national championships (1988 and 1989) and won 92 games. He was also the school’s Athletic Director.
In his first stint at Western Baptist, from 1984-87, his teams won 86 games in four seasons. He earned two national championship berths, was twice the district coach of the year and had two players earn tryouts with the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers. He also served as the Athletic Director. He also spent the 1982-83 season as an assistant coach.
Collins’ head coaching career began at Judson Baptist Junior College in The Dalles, Ore. In four seasons (1979-82), he won 46 games and had a sixth-place finish in the National Little College Athletic Association’s national tournament. He oversaw the team’s jump from the junior college to NAIA level.
Collins worked at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore., from 1974-78. Among his duties were assistant basketball coach, academic advisor, admissions counselor, health instructor and sports information director.
An excellent player in his own right, Collins had a tryout with the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers in 1974 and played overseas in the European Professional Basketball League.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Warner Pacific in 1976. As a collegiate player, he earned NAIA District II all-conference honors and was a National Little College Athletic Association All-American honorable mention. He also spent two years at Judson Baptist and made the all-conference team.
Collins also holds a master’s in education from Heritage College in Toppenish, Wash., which he earned in 1994.
He and his wife, Linda, have two children and two grandchildren and reside in Riverside.