July 28, 2014
By Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com -
ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Central Michigan defensive backs coach Archie Collins has accepted a coaching internship with the Detroit Lions as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.
Collins, who played safety at Michigan State in 1996-97, is entering his second season as an assistant at CMU under head coach Dan Enos.
"I am excited that Archie has been accepted into this fellowship and I know it will be an outstanding opportunity for him," Enos said. "Coach Collins has proven to be a fantastic addition to our staff, and has done a great job with our defensive backs. Working with these tremendous coaches provides Coach Collins with additional knowledge and insight that will be very beneficial to our student-athletes and our program at Central Michigan."
The NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship is a league-wide initiative launched in 1987. It provides NFL training camp positions to minority college coaches and counts more than 1,600 participants in its history.
Collins, one of four coaching interns who will join the Lions for training camp, also served as a defensive graduate assistant at Michigan State from 2010-12 and brings 13 years of coaching experience at both the college and high school levels to the Lions sidelines.
A Detroit native and graduate of Cass Tech High School, Collins coached in the Detroit Public School League for seven years, where he coached nine players who went on to earn all-state honors and 28 players who gained all-city recognition.
The other three coaches who will join the Lions as part of the program for training camp are Quinn Gray of Florida A&M, Kefense Hynson of Montana-Missoula, and Cato June of Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C.