The 2012 Rebels went 18-11 and finished third in the Mountain West.
A former member of the U.S. National Team and three-time NCAA All-American middle blocker at Hawai'i, Collins was named head coach of the 15th intercollegiate athletics program at UNLV on July 10, 1995.
After a full year of preparation, Collins led her first Rebel team to a 1996 Western Athletic Conference Tournament berth and nearly doubled that team's win total in 1997. In 1998, she led the squad to its best win percentage in program history with a 23-8 record (.742) and a WAC Tournament semifinal appearance. For her efforts, she was named WAC Mountain Division Co-Coach of the Year.
The starting middle blocker for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team in Seoul, South Korea, Collins played in over 130 international matches. She earned bronze medals from the 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1987 Pan Am Games. She played for the U.S. at the 1986 World Championships in the former Czechoslovakia and was an alternate at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. She was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1985-88 and 1991-92.
Collins came to Las Vegas from the University of South Alabama where she served as an assistant coach for one season (1994). Prior to that, she was an assistant at Houston (1993) and Northern Arizona (1993-94).
The fourth coach in the history of Rebel volleyball, Collins was honored in the summer of 1998 as the head coach of the USA Junior National Team. She led her team to the gold medal and a junior world championships qualification. She served in the same capacity during the summer of 2000 (silver medal) and 2001 (bronze medal). In the summer of 1999, she served as an assistant coach for the squad. She spent the summer of 1997 serving on the selection committee to find a coach for the U.S. National Volleyball Team as well as the selection committee for the United States' World University Games Team and the U.S. National Team.
During the summer of 1995 Collins served as an assistant coach for the victorious North squad at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Denver, Colo. She also was an assistant coach for the team representing the United States at the World University Games in Fukuoka, Japan, as well as the national team at the NORCECA zonal championships, the Olympic qualifying tournament for North America, Central America and Caribbean countries.
Collins began coaching on the international level as an assistant coach for the U.S. squad that captured the silver medal at the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia.
A 1995 graduate of Hawai'i with a bachelor of arts in broadcast communications, Collins was named the Broderick Cup recipient, earning the award as the best collegiate athlete in 1983. She also is a two-time Broderick Award honoree, being named the best collegiate volleyball player in 1983 and 1984. In 1982 and 1983, she led the Rainbow Wahine to consecutive NCAA Championships as well as a record of 110-5 in her final three seasons.
Collins has received even more accolades and recognition recently. She was inducted into the UH Athletics Circle of Honor as a member of the 1982 and '83 teams and was named one of the Ninety Illustrious Alumni for the University of Hawai'i as part of its 90th anniversary celebration. In 2002, she was named one of the top 30 Athletes of all-time at the University of Hawaii. Also, the Official All-Star Cafe in Las Vegas displayed her Olympic jersey in a glass case in its restaurant in honor of her accomplishments.
Collins played professionally in Europe for three years, spending the 1988-89 season with the Conad Fano Volleyball Club in Italy and the 1989-90 and 1990-91 campaigns with the two-time French Champion Racing Club of France. She helped her team to a fourth-place finish at the 1991 European Championships.
Collins is an active member of the cadre of the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program and a CAP Level III accredited coach.
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