Spearfish, S.D. – Black Hills State University officially announced the hiring of men’s assistant basketball coach Tim Collins. Collins has been a part of several college coaching staffs over the past nine seasons. Collins will assist alongside first-year head coach Bradd Schafer in all phases of the program.

Prior to coming to Black Hills State, Collins was an assistant coach at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. While at LSC, Collins served as the team’s recruiting and scheduling coordinator. Collins recruited several standout student-athletes including LCSC’s leading scorer and the third leading scorer in the Frontier Conference in the 2009-10 season. Collins, 27, earned a degree in Humanities with a Political Science emphasis from Loyola Marymount University. Collins also holds a master’s degree in Sports Management and Organizational Management from Chadron State College.

Head Coach Bradd Schafer spoke very highly of Collins’ and is excited to have him as a new addition to the coaching staff. “Tim brings experience at all levels. He is an excellent recruiter and we are excited to have him join our basketball family,” said Schafer.

Collins began his coaching career at NCAA Division I Loyola Marymount University by serving as a student assistant for four years under head coach Steve Aggers. While at LMU, Collins assisted the coaching staff in the day-to-day operations of the program including film exchange and individual workouts. Following his graduation from LMU Collins served as the Director of Basketball Operations at Cal-State Fullerton for one season under head coach Bob Burton. While at CSUF Collins coordinated video exchange, academics, recruiting visits, and scouting opponents.

Prior to Lewis-Clark State College, Collins spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Chardon State College in Nebraska. The Eagle’s men’s basketball team is an NCAA Division II member and Collins helped the program make big strides under head coach Brent Bargen. The Eagles roster included a number of players recruited by Collins including Tim LcLaurin, who earned NCAA Division II All-Region honors in his sophomore year at Chadron State.

“I am really excited to be a part of Black Hills State University Basketball and the Spearfish community as a whole. I look forward to working hard for both the program as well as for the players. Just in the short time that I’ve been here I have become more and more excited to work with these student-athletes because of their high expectations both in the classroom and on the court,” said Collins.

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