Former Blue Devil player Chris Collins joined the Duke
coaching staff as an assistant coach on July 22, 2000 and was promoted to
Associate Head Coach in the summer of 2008.
Collins' 12-year resume at Duke includes an overall record
of 356-72, eight ACC Tournament
championships, four ACC regular season titles, seven in-season tournament
titles and most importantly, national championships in 2001 and 2010.
Collins also served as a court coach and scout for Mike
Krzyzewski, assisting the USA Basketball Senior National Team staff with
on-court duties as well as game preparation from 2006-12, including during the
program's gold-medal performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 FIBA World
Championships and 2012 London Olympics.
His first season as a coach in Durham could not have been
better, as the Blue Devils won the 2001 national championship with an 82-72
victory over Arizona in Minneapolis. Collins, who works primarily with Duke's
backcourt players, saw guard Jason Williams be named a unanimous first team
All-American and the National Player of the Year by the NABC. Chris Duhon, a
freshman under Collins' tutelage in 2001, was named the ACC Rookie of the Year.
Collins' influence was never felt more than prior to the
NCAA Championship game against Arizona. Collins told Mike Dunleavy, who was
coming off a poor shooting performance in Duke's victory over Maryland in the
national semifinals, to be aggressive against the Wildcats in the title game.
"I just talked to him about going out and being aggressive.
If you miss a shot, so what?"
Dunleavy responded, drilling a team-best 21 points,
including a historical spurt of three three-point field goals in a 45-second
span in the second half to put Duke ahead by 10 points.
"To see him go out the next day and play with that courage
and take those shots, just take over the game, was such a gratifying moment for
And to the Blue Devil faithful as well.
In 2001-02, Collins' second season at Duke was also
impressive as the Blue Devils posted a 31-4 record, won the ACC Tournament for
the fourth consecutive season and were ranked No. 1 in the nation in the final
Associated Press poll. Williams, one of Collins' understudies, earned National
Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year and became just one
of seven repeat winners of that prestigious honor. Williams also became Duke's
second two-time first team consensus All-American, joining Johnny Dawkins as
the only Blue Devil to accomplish that feat.
The 2002-03 season was just as special as the staff led a
team with six freshmen to a 26-7 record, a fifth consecutive ACC Tournament
championship and the Sweet 16 for the sixth straight year. Guard play continued
to be a strength for Duke as Chris Duhon (third team All-ACC), J.J. Redick
(third team All-ACC and Freshman All-America) and Daniel Ewing (ACC Tournament
MVP) all received individual recognition throughout the season.
In 2003-04, Duke returned to the Final Four for the second
time in Collins' Blue Devil coaching career. Two of his backcourt players,
Duhon and Redick, earned All-America and All-ACC recognition. The Blue Devils
went 31-6 overall, won the regular season ACC title and played in their sixth
consecutive ACC Tournament Championship Game before advancing to San Antonio
and the Final Four.
Collins helped the Blue Devils to a 26-7 overall slate that
included the ACC Tournament crown and yet another berth in the NCAA Tournament
in 2004-05. Redick was named the National Player of the Year while Ewing was a
second round choice of the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2005 NBA Draft.
In the 2005-06 season, Collins watched his star pupil,
Redick, register one of the most impressive scoring seasons in Duke history.
Redick ranked second in the NCAA with a 26.8 points per game scoring average,
while setting the Duke and ACC career scoring records and the NCAA career
three-point field goals record. He was a consensus National Player of the Year
and a unanimous first team All-America for the 32-4 Blue Devils. Duke also
captured the NIT Season Tip-Off, ACC regular season and ACC Tournament
championships in 2005-06.
"Coach Collins has really helped my development as a
player," said Redick, a two-time National Player of the Year. "He is a former
player so he knows a lot of the tricks of the trade and he has taught me a few
things that have really helped me, whether it is being able to pick up fouls
when we are in the bonus or coming off screens."
Two of the guards under the tutelage of Collins were
recognized for their efforts by the ACC in 2006-07 as DeMarcus Nelson was named
to the All-Defensive team and Jon Scheyer earned All-Freshman team honors. The
three starting guards for the Blue Devils all averaged over 10.0 points per
In 2007-08, Collins helped senior DeMarcus Nelson elevate
his game and garner several honors along the way. Nelson was tabbed the ACC
Defensive Player of the Year and also earned NABC third team All-America, first
team All-ACC and ACC All-Defensive team honors. Point guard Greg Paulus was
also coached by Collins and earned third team All-ACC recognition. Four of
Duke's guards averaged in double figures in scoring on the year.
In 2008-09, Collins guided Gerald Henderson to several
All-America and first team All-ACC honors. Henderson increased his scoring to a
team-high 16.5 points per game while scoring 19.8 points per game in conference
play. Collins also coached Jon Scheyer in his transition to point guard late in
the year, which led to an ACC Tournament championship and NCAA Sweet 16 berth.
Scheyer averaged 15.0 points per game for the season while scoring in double
figures in each of the final 12 games. He was named ACC Tournament MVP after
averaging 21.7 points per game in the tournament.
Collins helped lead Duke to its second national championship
in 2009-10 as the Blue Devils defeated Butler, 61-59, in the NCAA title game in
Indianapolis. Collins coached the top scoring trio in the NCAA as guards Jon
Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith combined to score 53.3 points per game.
Those three players earned numerous awards during the season with top honors,
including second team All-America for Scheyer, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding
Player for Singler and NCAA Tournament South Region MOP for Smith. All three
players were also selected All-ACC and to ACC All-Tournament teams while
leading the Blue Devils to ACC Tournament, ACC Regular Season and NIT Season
The 2010-11 season marked the third straight 30-win campaign
for the Blue Devils. Collins coached a pair of senior all-stars for the Blue
Devils, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. Singler had a great senior season,
earning first team All-ACC honors and averaging 16.9 points per game, while
Smith led the ACC in scoring at 20.6 points per game to claim ACC Player of the
Year and first team All-America honors.
In 2011-12, Collins was integral in the development of a
backcourt featuring NABC third team All-America Austin Rivers and third team
All-ACC pick Seth Curry. Rivers averaged a team-high 15.5 points per game to
become just the third Duke freshman to lead the team in scoring. He was also
tabbed as the ACC Rookie of the Year and was just the seventh freshman in
league history to earn first team all-conference honors. Curry improved his
scoring average to 13.2 points per game, while knocking down 64 three-point
field goals. The point guard tandem of Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook also
progressed in 2011-12, finishing the year with 2.54:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Before returning to his alma mater, Collins served as an
assistant coach at Seton Hall for two years with Tommy Amaker, a Duke standout
himself from 1984-87 and now the head coach at Harvard. In 1999-2000, Collins
was part of a staff that guided the Pirates to a 22-10 record and the Sweet 16
of the NCAA Tournament. Prior to Seton Hall, Collins spent the 1997-98 season
as an assistant with the WNBA's Detroit Shock.
As a player, Collins played professional basketball in
Finland during the 1996-97 season, leading the league in scoring.
While at Duke, Collins was a team captain as a senior and
four-year letterman from 1993-96. He currently ranks 11th among Duke's all-time
leaders in three-point field goals (209) and 10th in three-point field goal
attempts (539). Collins averaged 9.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a
collegian. He earned second team All-ACC honors as a senior.
Collins and Stan Brunson formed a Duke senior class that had
83 total victories, three NCAA Tournament bids, one Final Four appearance, two
ACC regular season championships, an ACC Tournament title, and two in-season
tournament championships (the 1992 Maui Classic and the 1995 Carrs Great Alaska
As a senior in 1996, Collins had his most productive season,
leading the Blue Devils in three-point field goals (79), three-point percentage
(.441), free throws made (83) and attempted (115), assists (132) and steals
(37). Collins also ranked second on the team by averaging 16.3 points per game.
He was among the ACC leaders in scoring (10th), assists (fourth), field goal
percentage (.467, seventh) and free throw percentage (.722, 10th).
Collins is the son of former NBA All-Star, Doug Collins, who
is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Northbrook, Ill.,
native joins former Duke standouts Steve Wojciechowski (associate head coach),
Jeff Capel (assistant coach) and Nate James (staff assistant) as previous Blue
Devil captains on Mike Krzyzewski's staff. Collins is a 1996 graduate of Duke
with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
Collins and his wife Kim reside in Durham with their two
children - Ryan and Kate.
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