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Head Coach Josh Collins

Josh Collins
Head Coach

Josh Collins became the second head volleyball coach in SWOSU Volleyball history on January 1, 2012 and he enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Bulldogs in 2015. Additionally, Collins added the duties of Director of Gameday Operations in the fall of 2014.

His 2014 team finished 8-19 overall and tied for eighth place in the Great American Conference standings, advancing to the GAC Tournament for the third consecutive season. His squad ranked among the league leaders in both digs and blocks, setting a new school record by averaging better than 2.0 blocks per set. The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Carly Zak, a second team all-conference selection for the second straight season.

Collins has tutored six players who have earned All-Great American Conference honors the in his first three seasons, including middle hitter Alison Cole, who became just the second First Team All-Conference player in the history of SWOSU Volleyball in 2013. That same year, Carly Zak added another first for the program after being named the GAC Freshman of the Year following a stellar first year with the Bulldogs. Zak and Joey Collins both earned second team all-conference honors, giving SWOSU three honorees on an all-conference team for only the second time in school history.

The Bulldogs finished tied for fourth in the GAC standings in 2013 with an 8-6 conference mark and they completed their season with 13 victories for the second straight season, matching the second-highest win total in program history. In addition, some of their numbers stack up against the best in SWOSU history, including the most single-season blocks (249) and the second-most kills (1,525), attack percentage (.170), assists (1,429) and digs (2,037).

His first team faced a daunting non-conference schedule before coming together in Great American Conference play. The Bulldogs had an overall four-win improvement from 2011, finishing 13-19 with a fourth-place finish in the GAC at 10-4. SWOSU finished ahead of the other four Oklahoma-based schools in the conference standings by at least two games.

At the GAC Tournament, SWOSU defeated Ouachita Baptist in the quarterfinals, earning the first postseason victory in program history. In the semifinals, SWOSU went toe-to-toe with conference champion and tournament-host Harding, taking the Lady Bisons to five sets before succumbing 15-11.

Collins mentored two players – Alison Cole and Lindsay Dusin – who earned all-conference honors in 2012. Cole was a second team selection at middle hitter while Dusin was honorable mention as a setter. Dusin was also named 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.