Michelle Collins enters her fifth season in her second stint as assistant coach at Siena College. In addition to her on-floor coaching duties, she works with the guards and is the recruiting coordinator.
Collins returned to Loudonville after serving as the head women's basketball coach at SUNY Oswego for seven seasons. Collins ranks as the winningest coach in Oswego women's basketball history after compiling an impressive 115-70 (.610) record. In her last four seasons with the program, Collins posted consecutive 20+ win seasons and postseason berths.
In 2004-05, she guided the Lakers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. During this magical run, Oswego posted a school record 24 wins.
In 2005-06, Oswego earned the program's first SUNYAC Tournament Championship. This also ensured the Lakers an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. Collins nabbed the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Coach of the Year following the season.
Throughout her tenure at Oswego, Collins coached eight different players who received All-SUNYAC honors. This included the 2005 SUNYAC Player of the Year (Kelly Mraz) and two SUNYAC Rookies of the Year (2002 and 2004).
Prior to this experience, Collins worked as an assistant coach at Canisius College from 1998 to 2000. In this role, she was responsible for the development of both the post players and point guards. Collins recruited the MAAC Player of the Year (Jenel Stevens), as well as two additional All-Conference players. In addition, she handled the program's scheduling.
Collins began her coaching career at Siena, serving a three-year period on Castelli's staff from 1994-97. She worked primarily with developing the guards and actively recruited premier high school student-athletes which included MAAC Player of the Year Melanie Halker.
Collins was a four-year letter winner at Siena where she currently stands as the program's all-time career assist leader (498). Her 5.69 assists per game is tied for first in MAAC women's basketball history. During the 1991-92 campaign, Collins engraved her name in Siena women's basketball history when she became the single season steals leader (97).
Collins earned her bachelors degree in social work in 1993.