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The 2011-12 campaign will mark the fourth for David "Aki" Collins with the Marquette University men's basketball program.
Recognized as one of the top up-and-coming assistant coaches in the country with his participation in the Villa 7 event in 2010 and 2011, Collins' coaching efforts have already helped guide over 20 former players to collegiate success and participation in the professional ranks.
Collins has played a key role in compiling a consensus top-25 recruiting class for the Golden Eagles in two of the last three years, including a 2009 group ranked by one media outlet as the best in the country. During his three-year tenure with MU, five different players have earned six all-conference accolades, including All-BIG EAST Second Team performer Darius Johnson-Odom.
Collins arrived in Milwaukee after working as an assistant coach at fellow Jesuit institution Fairfield University for two seasons under Ed Cooley. The Stags collected 21 league victories in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during his tenure and in 2006-07 posted the program's longest winning streak in 20 years. Fairfield was represented on the all-league team both years.
Previous to Fairfield, Collins spent three seasons at Marshall University. During his stay at Marshall (2003-06), he assisted with the program's transition between conferences. The Thundering Herd placed several student-athletes on the Conference USA and Mid-American Conference all-league teams.
The Brooklyn native came to Marshall after three seasons as an assistant coach at Howard University, where he served under head coach Frankie Allen. Before his arrival at Howard, the program posted just three victories in the previous two seasons. After winning 10 games during the 2000-01 campaign, the Bison won 18 games in 2001-02 and advanced to the conference championship game.
Collins helped sign two preseason MEAC Player of the Year candidates in Aki Thomas (2002) and Kyle Williams (2003), both of whom transferred to Howard from the University of Colorado, following Collins when he made the trip back East. He also helped recruit 2003 MEAC Player of the Year, Ronnie Williams.
Prior to Howard, Collins spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado, one year as a volunteer and two as a full-time assistant. His responsibilities with the Buffalos included coordinating film exchange and participating in on-campus recruiting activities. He coached Jaquay Walls while in Boulder, who went on to become a second-round NBA draft pick by the Indiana Pacers in 2000.
He began his collegiate playing career at Morehouse College, before transferring to Clark Atlanta University for his sophomore year. He prepped at LaSalle Academy in New York, where he led his team to a 26-1 record and the New York City championship as a sophomore. LaSalle earned a top 20 preseason ranking prior to his senior campaign.
He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Clark Atlanta in 1997. While completing his degree, he worked as a project manager for three years at Electronic Data Systems (EDS). During his tenure with EDS, his supervisory position oversaw nearly 100 employees.
Collins and his wife, Ina, have one son, Daniel (2).