Matt Collins enters his first season as an assistant coach with Lumberjack baseball team. Collins, previously on staff at another Southland Conference member, comes over from McNeese State where he served as an assistant coach from 2012-14. Collins will work primarily with the hitters, also serving as the team's recruiting coordinator.
While at McN, Collins helped develop six first-team All-SLC selections, with three Cowboy bats picking up such honors in 2014, the most among league members. McN received four honors in all for the first time since 2011.
A 2010 graduate of Louisiana-Monroe, Collins joined the McN staff prior to the 2012 season after spending 2011 as a volunteer assistant at ULM. During his time with the Cowboys, he helped recruit and develop power hitters such as Jackson Gooch, a two-time All-SLC selection (2014-First Team; 2013-Second Team) and the 2013 McNeese Triple Crown winner (.301, 5 HR, 34 RBI) and Seth Granger, the 2012 team batting (.327) and home run (4) champion.
At ULM, he played on the school's 2008 Sun Belt championship team and collected the 10th most hits (79) in school history in 2009 to finish his career with as a .334 collegiate hitter.
Prior to ULM, Collins played two seasons at LSU-Eunice where he helped the team to its first national junior college championship while serving as the team captain in 2006. He accounted for all three of LSU-Eunice's runs in the World Series championship game and was named to the all-tournament team.
Collins is a graduate of Parkview Baptist High School where he earned all-state recognition in both football and baseball and helped his team to the Class 3A state baseball title.He is the son of former McNeese assistant and current Sam Houston State football assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Mike Collins. He is also the grandson of Pat Collins, who coached ULM to a national football title in 1987.
Head coach Johnny Cardenas on Collins' hiring: