Seton Hill Lands Isaac Collins
New Head Football Coach Has Division I-AA, Division III and NFL Experience
December 19, 2012
Author: Kary L. Coleman
Collins is an experienced football coach with stints in Division I-AA and Division III schools and in the National Football League with the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles through the Minority Fellowship Program.
“Isaac brings a wealth of coaching leadership to Seton Hill,” said Chris Snyder, executive director, Athletics. “He revitalized the football program at Widener [University] in a very short period of time and he has a plan to do the same for Seton Hill.
Collins’ hire comes as Seton Hill transitions from the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
“The PSAC offers a solid platform to strengthen our athletic program,” said JoAnne Boyle, president. “We know Coach Collins brings the discipline to ensure that Seton Hill students will contribute positively to the Conference and continue to excel in the classroom and on the football field.”
“As Seton Hill continues to grow and build for the future, the time is right to move to the competitive environment of the PSAC,” added Snyder. “The move to the PSAC will best suit Seton Hill and its student-athletes going forward. It is a perfect time for Coach Collins to lead our program. He has great vision and a presence about him. His passion for teaching and mentoring young men is contagious.”
Collins comes to Seton Hill from Widener University. As head football coach and defensive coordinator, Collins led the team to capture the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with a 9-2 record and 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Atlantic South Bowl Championship. He has had numerous MAC All-Conference defensive and offensive players, Rookies of the Year, All-Region, All-Conference and All-American players. Collins recognizes the importance of excellence both on the field and in the classroom; 24 of his players were named to the MAC Academic Honor Roll.
In three years as Widener's head coach, Collins brought the University back into prominence with a 25-8 record that includes an 11-1 mark this season, a Number 15 national ranking according to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and 17 according to D3Football.com. In 2012, The Pride led the nation with 59.5 points a game and was fourth with 10.5 tackles for loss a contest and fourth with 0.33 sacks allowed a game.
From 2006-09, Collins served as defensive coordinator for The Citadel where he faced teams including Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. Collins’ defense in 2007 led the Southern Conference in total defense. In his four years with The Citadel, Collins coached nine All-Southern Conference defenders.
Collins was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Delaware in 2005, head coach and defensive coordinator at College of the Holy Cross in 2004 and assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Lehigh University from 2000-03. He was an assistant coach at Columbia University from 1998-2000. Collins also was an assistant coach at Hobart College from1994-98, serving as defensive coordinator his final year.
“Through Coach Collins’ experience at various levels of college football-- The Citadel, College of the Holy Cross, Lehigh University and Columbia University--he has developed a sound recruiting plan that will attract quality student-athletes to Seton Hill,” said Snyder.
Collins participated in the National Football League (NFL) Minority Fellowship Program as an assistant secondary coach with both the New New York Giants (1999) and Philadelphia Eagles (2001); through this program, Collins had the opportunity to assist with the installment of all aspects of the defensive system, development and implementation of practice pertaining to defensive secondary and pass defense and with special teams drills in practice.
Collins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1994 from the University of Rochester, where he was one of the school’s top running backs and captain of the team in 1993. He was a four-year letter winner who rushed at least 100 yards 14 times in his career and helped the team with the 1992 University Athletic Association (UAA) title. Collins also was a two-time All-UAA pick and the 1992 UAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year. In 2012, Collins was inducted into both the University of Rochester Hall of Fame and Geneva Sports Hall of Fame for Geneva High School. A 1990 alumnus of Geneva, Collins had a standout high school football career.