Aki Collins
Aki Collins

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
Third Season

Alma Mater:
Clark Atlanta University, 1997


03/19/2013

Memphis NCAA Tournament Notes

Tigers to meet St. Mary's in a second-round contest Thursday.

02/23/2013

POST GAME QUOTES

11/16/2012

Memphis Basketball Notes vs Samford

Tigers to host Samford Saturday in a Battle 4 Atlantis opening-round contest.

07/31/2012

Aki Collins Talks Tigers Hoops On WKNO's Sports Files With Geoff Calkins

Show airs Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., again on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10.

03/17/2014

Memphis Basketball: ESPN College Game Day Sights and Sounds

Check out some of the sights and sounds from the college game day experience where the tigers took on the gonzaga bulldogs

01/27/2014

Memphis Basketball Puts on Dunk Show in 82-59 Win Over Houston

Watch the full highlights and recap of the Tigers' first AAC home win on Thursday night, cruising past the Houston Cougars 82-59.

01/27/2014

Memphis Basketball Wins Third Straight, Downing USF 80-58

Highlights and recap of the Tigers' 80-58 win over the USF Bulls on Sunday afternoon in FedExForum.

01/22/2014

Memphis Basketball: On the Road To Philadelphia

Take a behind the scenes look at the Memphis men's basketball trip to the City of Brotherly Love to take on American Athletic Conference foe Temple. Go Tigers!

01/14/2014

Memphis Basketball Knocks Off No. 12 Louisville on the Road

Highlights and full recap of the Tigers upset win over the No. 12 and reigning national champion Louisville Cardinals on the road Thursday night.

03/20/2014

Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day

Memphis NCAA Tournament Second Round Practice Day on March 20, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C.

12/05/2012

Memphis vs. Ohio

Photos from the Tigers game against Ohio at FedExForum on Dec. 5, 2012

11/07/2012

Memphis vs. CBU (Exhibition)

The Tigers hosted CBU in an exhibition game at FedExForum on Wednesday, November 7

Overall
• In his 18th season as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level in 2014-15
• Previously had NCAA Division I stints at Marquette (2008-12), Fairfield (2006-08), Marshall (2003-06), Howard (2000-03) and Colorado (1997-2000)
• Has been involved in over 250 NCAA Division I victories
• Member of eight postseason squads (six NCAA Tournaments, two NIT), including the last six NCAA Tournaments
• Has coached five All-Americans, 25 all-conference selections and three conference players of the year
• Also coached 11 players that were either NBA Draft picks or played in the NBA

Memphis Assistant Coach (2012-present)
• Member of coaching staff as the Tigers program transitioned from Conference USA to the newly-formed American Athletic Conference
• Tigers compiled a 55-15 overall record (.786 winning percentage) and a 28-6 conference mark (.824 winning percentage) in his two seasons
• Memphis was ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll 26 of 38 weeks during his two seasons, including all 18 regular-season polls in 2013-14
• Memphis was ranked in all 18 Associated Press regular-season polls, the first time that occurred since 2007-08
• Memphis home attendance ranked 11th in the nation in 2012-13 and 10th in the nation in 2013-14
• Memphis earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths (2013, 2014), advancing to the third round both seasons
• In first year on staff in 2012-13, helped lead the Tigers to a 31-5 overall record and a 16-0 Conference USA mark
• The 30-win season was only the sixth in school history, and the 31 wins are tied for the fifth-most in the program's history
• The unblemished 16-0 league record was the Tigers' fifth in the program's history
• Memphis swept the C-USA regular-season and tournament titles for the sixth time since 2005-06
• Coached four All-Conference USA selections (Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson, D.J. Stephens, Adonis Thomas) and the C-USA Player of the Year (Jackson), C-USA Defensive Player of the Year (Stephens) and C-USA Sixth Man of the Year (Chris Crawford)
• Helped lead Memphis to a 24-10 overall record and a 12-6 league mark in the Tigers' first season in the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14
• The 20-win season was the program's 14th-straight, the sixth-longest streak of its kind at the NCAA Division I level (current)
• The double-digit league wins marked the ninth-consecutive season the Tigers won 10 or more games in conference play
• Coached two All-American Athletic Conference picks (Jackson, Shaq Goodwin) and The American Sixth Man of the Year (Michael Dixon Jr.) and The American Newcomer of the Year (Austin Nichols)

Marquette Assistant Coach (2008-12)
• During his four seasons in Milwaukee, helped the Golden Eagles compile an impressive 96-45 overall record (.681 winning percentage) and a 46-26 Big East Conference mark
• Helped Marquette to post four-straight, 20-win campaigns and earn four-consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (2009-12), including back-to-back Sweet Sixteens in 2011 and 2012
• The back-to-back NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearances were the program's first since 1976 and 1977
• Marquette reached the NCAA Tournament second round in 2009 and the "Big Dance's" opening round in 2010
• The Golden Eagles also advanced to at least the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal round all four years
• In 2011-12, helped Marquette to a 27-8 overall mark and a 14-4 Big East record
• The 27 victories are tied for the second-most in Golden Eagles history (one shy of the school-record 28 wins in 1970-71)
• The 14 Big East wins tied a school record
• Marquette recorded its highest-league finish (2nd) since joining the Big East in 2005-06
• The Golden Eagles went undefeated at home in league action for the first time in the program's history
• Helped Marquette stay in the national polls throughout the 2011-12 season, climbing as high as No. 8/7 on Feb. 27, 2012
• The Golden Eagles finished the season ranked No. 11/10 in the national polls
• Marquette, which played before a national television audience 22 times, finished 2011-12 ranked among the top-15 national attendance leaders (13th), averaging 15,138 fans per game at the Bradley Center
• Helped the Golden Eagles thrive statistically in 2011-12, as the squad set the school's single-season assists record (580)
• The 2011-12 team also posted top-five marks for points (2,638; 4th), field goals made (919; 5th), free throws made (599; 5th), fewest turnovers per game (13.1; 5th) and steals (304; 2nd)
• During his tenure Marquette teams recorded single-season marks for points (2,782; 2010-11), field goals made (973; 2010-11), three-point field goals made (274; 2009-10) and fewest turnovers per game (10.4; 2009-10)
• All four of Collins' teams rank in the top-five for fewest turnovers per game in Marquette history
• Had a major role in player development at Marquette, helping four Golden Eagles earn All-America honors (Jerel McNeal, 2008-09; Lazar Hayward, 2009-10; Jae Crowder, 2011-12; Darius Johnson-Odom, 2011-12)
• The 2011-12 campaign was the first since the 1977-78 campaign that Marquette had two All-America selections in the same season
• Six players also received All-Big East Conference distinction in Wesley Matthews, Jimmy Butler, McNeal, Hayward, Crowder and Johnson-Odom
• Crowder was honored as the 2011-12 Big East Player of the Year
• In addition, coached five of the top-11 scorers in Marquette history in McNeal (1st), Hayward (2nd), Dominic James (4th), Matthews (9th) and Johnson-Odom (11th)
• Four of his pupils were recent NBA Draft picks, and two others have played in the NBA
• Hayward (2010) and Butler (2011) were taken in the first rounds of their respective NBA Drafts
• In the 2012 NBA Draft, Crowder and Johnson-Odom were second-round picks
• Matthews went undrafted, but was a starter for the 2012 Portland Trail Blazers
• McNeal also played in the NBA in the 2010-11 campaign

Fairfield Assistant Coach (2006-08)
• Joined Ed Cooley's staff to help revitalize the Stags program that won only nine games the season prior to his arrival
• Team improved over his two seasons (2006-07, 2007-08) with a combined 27-36 record
• The 2006-07 Stags squad won seven-straight games, the program's longest win streak since it won eight straight in the 1977-78 season
• In 2006-07, 11 of Fairfield's 19 losses were by single digits
• The following season (2007-08), helped the Stags to another seven-game winning streak
• Seven of the 16 setbacks in 2007-08 were by single digits
• Coached two All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selections
• Collins' recruiting efforts were seen after his departure for Marquette, as Fairfield posted five-straight winning seasons (2008-13)
• Included in that stretch of five-straight winning seasons were three-consecutive 20-win campaigns and three-straight postseason berths (2010-12)

Marshall Assistant Coach (2003-06)
• Helped the Thundering Herd program in its transition to Conference USA from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 2005-06
• Marshall finished its first season in C-USA with a 12-16 overall record and a 5-9 league mark
• Coached one All-C-USA pick and one C-USA All-Freshman Team selection

Howard Assistant Coach (2000-03)
• Helped turn around a Bison program that won only three games in the two seasons prior to his arrival (3-52 record)
• In his three seasons at the Washington, D.C., school, helped guide the program to a 41-48 overall record
• The Bison went 18-13 in 2001-02, the most victories for the program since 1986-87
• Howard posted 11 conference victories in 2001-02, the most league wins since 1991-92
• Coached four All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) picks, with two each in 2001-02 and 2002-03
• First time in school history that Howard had multiple all-league selections in back-to-back years
• The 2001-02 season was the first since 1991-92 that the Bison had two All-MEAC honorees in the same year
• Helped recruit Ron Williamson, who was named the 2002-03 MEAC Player of the Year

Colorado Assistant Coach (1997-2000)
• Served three seasons in Boulder, including one as a volunteer assistant (1997-98)
• Buffaloes posted a combined 49-43 record (36-29 record his last two years)
• Colorado made consecutive National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearances in 1999 and 2000
• Coached one All-American (Jaquay Walls), six All-Big 12 selections and one Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
• Walls was a 2000 NBA Draft second-round pick by the Indiana Pacers

Personal
• Brooklyn, N.Y., native
• Attended Morehouse College
• Transferred to Clark Atlanta University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1997
• Graduated high school from La Salle Academy in New York, N.Y.
• Helped the La Salle boys basketball team to New York City championships his junior and senior seasons
• La Salle was ranked in the nation's preseason top-20 poll entering his senior season
• Married to the former Ina Taylor
• Has two sons, D.J. and Michael

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