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Steve Collins

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
28th Season


09/17/2013

SMU Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Teams Continue Tradition of Volunteering

Mustangs To Volunteer At The Annual Tour Des Fleurs Benefiting The Dallas Arboretum

09/17/2013

SMU Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Teams Continue Tradition of Volunteering

Mustangs To Volunteer At The Annual Tour Des Fleurs Benefiting The Dallas Arboretum

07/19/2013

SMU Having Successful Summer

Lindborg, Nicol Among Mustangs With Good Offseason Results

10/16/2012

Mustangs Host Annual SMU Swim Classic On Friday And Saturday

Meet features six nationally-ranked swim teams from six different conferences

06/30/2012

Collins Named To Bulgarian Olympic Coaching Staff

Collins is coaching SMU junior Nina Rangelova

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Steve Collins enters his 28th year (2013-14) as the head coach of the SMU women's swimming and diving team. A two-time NCAA Coach of the Year and 11-time conference Coach of the Year, Collins has led the Mustangs to 15 conference championships in the past 17 years and continually finishes among the top teams in the NCAA. During his tenure, SMU has 15 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, 10 of those in the top five. Under Collins, the Mustangs have earned 581 All-America honors, 319 individual conference champion titles, and 24 student-athletes have competed in six different Olympics.

A successful coach on the international level, Collins was the head coach of the Slovakian Olympic Team at the 2004 and 2008 summer games. Collins' swimmers at SMU have earned medals at the Olympic Games, World Championships, World University Games, European, Pan American Games, Mediterranean and African Championships. Since his arrival on the Hilltop in 1986, Collins has coached 24 Olympic stars, including 1997 NCAA Swimmer of the Year while at SMU and former SMU volunteer assistant coach Martina Moravcova, who won two silver medals at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and also competed in the 1996, 2004 and 2008 summer games in Atlanta, Georgia, Athens, Greece and Beijing, China, respectively. Five former or current Mustangs, Sara Nordenstam, Denisa Smolenova, Nina Rangelova, Therese Svendsen, and Danielle Villars, competed in the 2012 summer games in London, England.

Collins has led the Mustangs to nine WAC championships and six C-USA championships for a total of 15 championships in the past 17 years. He led the Mustangs to their highest finish ever at the NCAA Championships in 1996, when SMU finished second in the nation and earned Collins his second NCAA National Coach of the Year award. He was also tabbed with NCAA Coach of the Year in 1991. Collins was named SWC Coach of the Year in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1996, WAC Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998, and C-USA Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2012.

A 1977 graduate of Florida State, Collins swam free and back events for the Seminoles and captained the Florida State team his senior year.

Before arriving on the Hilltop, Collins served six years as head coach of the South Carolina swimming program, leading the Gamecocks to two MCAC conference championships and six top-20 NCAA finishes in seven years. Born Dec. 12, 1954, in Youngstown, Ohio, Collins attended Eastmoor High School in Columbus, Ohio. Collins and his wife Toni, an SMU graduate and CPA, are proud parents of twin daughters, Kate and Hanna.

17 Conference Championships
MCAC (2): 1984, 1985
WAC (9): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
C-USA (6): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012

11 Coach of the Year Honors
NCAA (2)
SWC (4)
WAC (2)
C-USA (3)

581 All-Americans
Florence Barker, 1985-86
Channon Hermstad, 1985-86
Laurene Lazzaretti, 1985-86
Toni Palmer, 1985-86-87
Mary Pat Gaffney, 1985-86-87(2)-88
Jenny Jordan, 1986-87-88(2)-89(2)
Krista Wilson, 1988-89(2)-90(3)-91(2)
Darcy Dominick, 1989-90(2)-91
Alicia Voltmer, 1990(2)
Lisa Payne, 1990-91-92
Stacey Porter, 1990(5)-91(5)-92(4)
Kelly Johnson, 1990-91-92(2)-93(2)
Debbie Kinsley, 1990(3)-91(5)-92(6)-93(6)
Marianne Kriel, 1990(7)-91(6)-94(7)
Michaela Hasek, 1991-92-93(2)
Susan Lipscomb, 1991(4)-92(3)
Melonie Woods, 1991-92
Isabelle Arnould, 1992(4)
Lisa Ware, 1992(2)-94(2)
Sarah Marsh, 1992-94(2)
Gitta Jensen, 1992(7)-93(7)-94(6)-95
Cheril Santini, 1992(3)-93(3)-94(2)-95
Megan Rowland, 1993
Sheelah Turner, 1993
Sandra Cam, 1993(3)-94(2)-95(2)-96(3)
Berit Puggaard, 1993(6)-94(5)-95(2)-96(7)
Anita Lee, 1993(3)-94(2)-97(2)
Melissa Card, 1994-95
Paige Weiskittel, 1994-95
Marieke Mastebroek, 1994(2)-95(HM)-96(3)
Alex Hanel, 1994(2)-95-96-97(2)
Laura Reback, 1994(3)-95-96-97(3)
Alexis Gilbert, 1995(HM)
Ellen Elzerman, 1995-96(2)
Collin Sherman (1996)
Jenny Lingamfelter, 1996(2)-97(2)-98(2)-99(2)
Katie McClelland, 1996(3)-97(6)-98(5)-99(5)
Martina Moravcova, 1996(7)-97(6)-98(6)-99(7)
Lia Oberstar, 1996(5)-97(6)-98(5)-99(3)
Alycia Ladd, 1997
Suzanne Black, 1997(2)-98(2)-99(2)
Katherine Inskeep, 1997(3)-98-99(2)
Kristin Link, 1997-98-99(2)
Rania Elwani, 1998(6)-99(7)
Naoko Imoto, 1998(3)-99(4)
Katina Maistrellis, 1998-99-00-01(4)
Alison Wimer, 1998-99(3)-01(2)
Lauren Silva, 1999
Allison Myers, 1999(2)
Georgina Lee, 2001(5)-02(5)-03(5)-04(5)
Lisa Wanberg, 2000-01(3)-02(3)-03(2)
Lotta Wanberg, 2000-01(2)-02(3)-03(2)
McCall Dorr, 2001
Anu Koivisto, 2001(4)-02(HM)
Lacey Elliott, 2001
Alenka Kejzar, 2001(2)-02(3)-03(3)
Shea Fitzgerald, 2000-01
Flavia Rigamonti, 2002(3)-05(2)-06(2)
Julia Pomeroy, 2003(3)-05(3)-06(5)
Andrea Cassidy, 2002-03-04
Dallas Marshall, 2003(2)-04
Martina Hrdinova, 2003
Corrie Clark, 2003(3)-05(3)
Marizanne Grundlingh, 2003-04
Leane Darling, 2004(3)-05(2)-06(2)-07(4)
Michelle Vlasakova, 2004
Roxane Akradi, 2005(2)-06
Tamara Sambrailo, 2005(2)
Celina Lemmen, 2004(2)-05(4)-06-07(2)
Petra Klosova, 2006(4)-07(9)-08(5)-09(5)
Angela San Juan Cisneros, 2007(3)
Jennifer Blackman, 2005-06-07(6)-08(4)
Anja Carman, 2005(2)-06(2)-07(4)-08(4)
Jennifer Basel, 2006
Devon Callaghan, 2007(3)-08(2)-09(2)
Justine Clark, 2007(3)
Katie Roberts 2006(2)-07(2)
Michelle Vlasakova, 2007
Candace Blackman, 2005(2)-06(4)-08(3)-09(3)
Audra Egenolf, 2008-09-10
Sascha Van den Branden, 2008(3)-09(3)
Elzanne Werth, 2008(2)-09(5)
Therese Svendsen, 2009(2)-10-11-12(4)
Isabella Arcila, 2012(2)-13(2)-14
Monika Babok, 2012(2)-13(2)
Erica Donadon, 2012
Genny Konicke, 2012(4)
Rachel Nicol, 2012-14
Nina Rangelova, 2012(4)-13(2)-14
Denisa Smolenova, 2012
Nathalie Lindborg, 2013(2)
Marne Erasmus, 2014 (2)
Tara-Lynn Nicholas, 2014

24 Olympians
Susan Lipscomb (1988)
Isabelle Arnould (1988-92)
Gitta Jensen (1988-92)
Janine Steenkamp (1992)
Ellen Elzerman (1992)
Berit Puggaard (1992-96)
Marianne Kriel (1992-96)
Sandra Cam (1992-96)
Veronica Ribot-Canales (1984-88-92)
Rania El-Wani (1992-96-2000)
Naoko Imoto (1996)
Martina Moracova (1996-2000-04-08)
Georgina Lee (2000-04)
Alenka Kejzar (2000-04)
Lotta Wanberg (2004)
Petra Klosova (2004-08)
Anja Carman (2004-08-12)
Flavia Rigamonti (2004-08)
Angela San Juan Cisneros (2008)
Sara Nordenstam (2008-12)
Denisa Smolenova (2008-12)
Nina Rangelova (2012)
Therese Svendsen (2012)
Danielle Villars (2012)