Assistant Baseball Coach
Campus Phone: Ext. 5149
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5055
Office: Rankin 311
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville
Andy Collins is beginning his first season on the baseball coaching staff at Tusculum College.
Collins assists with all operations of the program and works with the TC outfielders, and assist with pitchers, catchers and hitters. He is also responsible for team’s weight and conditioning programs along with several recruiting areas.
For the past eight years, he has served as the head baseball coach at Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga. While at Norcross, he accumulated a 98-69 record, highlighted by his 2005 squad that won 23 games and lost to eventual state champion Brookwood in the second round of the State Playoffs. He was named the Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Gwinnett Daily Times.
Prior to that, Collins spent seven seasons on the staff at former South Atlantic Conference member Gardner-Webb University He was a graduate assistant for GWU during the 1996-1997 seasons, before being named to the full-time staff in 1998. He was promoted to the post of assistant head coach in 2000, a position he held until 2002.
In his first year as assistant head coach in 2000, the Runnin’ Bulldogs posted a 44-21 record and advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series in the program’s final season in the SAC and DII.
Collins helped the program as it made the transition to the NCAA Division I level in his final two years at the Boiling Springs, N.C. school.
Collins has peppered his name throughout the Gardner-Webb record book during his collegiate playing career with the Runnin’ Bulldogs (1992-95). He is currently third all-time in school history in career walks (84), fifth in sacrifice hits (15), seventh in games started (183), seventh in at-bats (657), seventh in double-plays turned (31), eighth in runs scored (124) and 10th in hits (191). In 1994, he became the first GWU player to post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage (min. 250 total chances) in his 436 total chances. His 492 putouts in 1995 are still second most in school history, while his 32 walks in his senior campaign are fifth.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science in 1996 and followed with a Masters of Arts degree from GWU in 2000.
Collins has several ties to the Tusculum, where his youngest brother Tyler just completed an All-Conference career with the Pioneers this past spring. He was also a teammate with Coach Jones for one season at Gardner-Webb.
Andy is married to the former Angela Lamb of Chesnee, S.C. They are the proud parents of three children: Alana (10), Avery (8) and Ansley (7).