MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Archie Collins, a former defensive graduate assistant at Michigan State, has been hired to coach the Central Michigan cornerbacks, CMU head coach Dan Enos has announced.
“Coach Collins comes to us from a great program and has valuable experience working with the secondary unit,” said Enos. “He is extremely well connected in southeast Michigan and will be a great recruiter in that region. He brings enthusiasm, professionalism and is an outstanding addition to our staff. We are excited to welcome Archie and his family into the Central Michigan football family.”
On Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio’s staff since 2010, Collins assisted with coaching the defensive backs and special teams and with recruiting. While at Michigan State, working under defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett, he helped six Spartans earn 10 all-conference honors and contributed to a Big Ten Championship in 2010.
"Archie Collins played for me at Michigan State in the 1990s, and he came here committed to compete at the highest level,” said Dantonio. “Archie has been a member of our coaching staff for the last three years and he's played an important part in the success our program has enjoyed, especially on the defensive side of the football. He's diligent, personable and he treats the student-athletes with respect. His previous experiences as both a player and coach in the Detroit Public School League should provide a big advantage in the recruiting process."
Prior to his stint at Michigan State, Collins coached in the Detroit Public School League for seven years. Nine of his players earned all-state honors while 28 received all-city recognition.
Starting in 2006, Collins held the position of defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for Southeastern High School for three years, helping the Jugaleers capture back-to-back district and division championships in 2008-09. During his time at SHS, the Jugaleers recorded 15 shutouts, totaled 126 takeaways, and scored 16 defensive touchdowns.
In 2005, Collins was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Mackenzie High School.
Collins also served as defensive backs coach for two seasons at his high school alma mater, Cass Tech (2003-04). While at CTHS, the Technicians combined to record 29 interceptions and 22 pass break-ups and score four defensive touchdowns.
Collins played collegiately at Michigan State from 1996-97. A safety, he was a two-time letterwinner and was named the Special Teams Player of the week twice for his performances against Penn State in 1996 and Purdue in 1997.
A Detroit native, Collins earned his bachelor’s degree in finance (1998) and master’s degree in kinesiology and coaching (2011) from Michigan State.
Collins and his wife, Brandi, have a daughter, Amber (9), and a son, Archie IV (3).