SWOSU Volleyball Camps
Head Coach Josh Collins
Josh Collins is in his seventh season as the head coach of the SWOSU Volleyball team, while also serving as the Athletic Department’s Director of Gameday Operations.
Collins – who became SWOSU Volleyball’s winningest coach on November 10th, 2016 – enters the 2018 season with a career record of 83-109 (.432) and he has led the Bulldogs to a top-four finish in the Great American Conference three times in his five seasons leading the program. He also guided SWOSU to the 2015 GAC Tournament Championship, the program’s first conference crown, and a berth in the NCAA Division II national tournament for the first time.
Since becoming the head coach at SWOSU, Collins has been an active member on NCAA committees. He has been as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the Central Region since 2014, including serving as the Regional Chair and NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Committee since 2016.
Collins has tutored 14 players who have earned All-Great American Conference honors, including First Team selections Alison Cole (2013) and Carly Zak (2015-16). Zak also became the program’s first GAC Freshman of the Year in 2013 and the first All-Central Region selection, earning the honor in 2015 (Second Team) and 2016 (First Team). Additionally, Collins has coached five players named to the All-GAC Tournament Team, three who earned GAC Academic Scholar Honors and 31 selections to the GAC All-Academic Team. His teams have also earned the AVCA Team Academic Award on five occasions (2012, 2014-17) and they won the GAC Sportsmanship Award in 2014.
In addition to improved play on the court, fan support has continued to increase for the Bulldog Volleyball program since moving into the Pioneer Cellular Event Center prior to the 2014 season. SWOSU’s attendance has ranked in the top three in Great American Conference in attendance in each of the past three seasons, leading the league in 2015 while ranking among the top 45 schools in NCAA Division II during each season.
Collins has guided the Bulldogs to at least 13 victories in five of six seasons coached, including a program-best 22 victories during the record-setting 2015 season. That year, the Bulldogs recorded the first winning season in program history and finished fourth in the GAC with a 10-6 mark. SWOSU entered the GAC Tournament as the No. 3-seed and defeated Northwestern Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarene and Southern Arkansas to claim the program’s first-ever GAC Championship. The win also earned the Bulldogs their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament, where they met the top-ranked team in the country, Concordia-St. Paul.
SWOSU was led by a trio of All-GAC performers in 2015. Carly Zak was named a First Team All-GAC selection and became the program’s first All-Central Region performer when she earned a second team all-region selection by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA). Kayla Hebert was a Second Team All-GAC selection and was named the GAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Kelsi Schmidtberger earned All-GAC honorable mention and was picked to the GAC All-Tournament Team.
While 2012 was his first season as the head volleyball coach, Collins is certainly no newcomer to Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He arrived in Weatherford in 2004 from Clarendon College and he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach under Scott Reed in 2004-05 and later with current athletic director and former basketball coach Todd Thurman during the 2006-07 season.
Starting in 2005, Collins worked as a dual assistant for SWOSU, assisting with basketball while also helping Pagliasotti start the volleyball program. He served as an assistant volleyball coach for seven seasons before taking over prior to the 2012 season.
Collins, a native of Hedley, Texas, holds two degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2006 before completing his master’s degree in Sports Management in 2008. He and his wife, Jamie, were married in June 2012 and reside in Weatherford with their daughter, Indie Pearl, who was born in December 2017.