ORANGEBURG, SC—South Carolina State head men’s basketball coach Murray Garvin has announced the addition of veteran coach Bobby Collins to the Bulldog coaching staff.
Collins comes to South Carolina State after spending the past four years as the head coach at Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland.
“We are super blessed to be able to add a coach of Bobby Collins’ stature and pedigree to our basketball program here at South Carolina State. Just a few years ago before arriving here, I worked for him as a part of his staff at Winston Salem State University,” said Garvin.
“There we were able to capture a CIAA regular season championship and a NCAA Division II National Tournament at-large bid,” continued Garvin. “We are talking about a coach that has -led his teams to MEAC & CIAA championships and was a part the staff at Hampton University that upset Iowa State in the NCAA tournament.”
During his stint at Maryland Eastern Shore, Collins, in his first season, led the Hawks to their best record at 18-15 in 41 years of the men’s basketball program. The winning mark was the first above -.500 record for an Eastern Shore team since the 1993-94 season, while the third-place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference was the best since that same year.
Following the season Collins was named 2015 Ben Jobe Coach of the Year.
Prior to Maryland Eastern Shore, Collins spent the eight seasons as the head coach at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southern Pines, N.C., native was at the helm when WSSU made the transition into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) before the 2007 season. He guided the Rams to 32 wins during that time, including a pair of 12-win seasons. In his first season, he was saddled with the duty of coaching the Rams as a Division I independent school and led the team to a 4-20 record.
Prior to his job with Winston-Salem State, Collins had coaching stints at Hampton University for 11 seasons, where he helped lead the Pirates to three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships.