David "Aki" Collins Joins MU Men's Basketball Staff
April 24, 2008
Milwaukee - Marquette University head men's basketball coach Buzz Williams has announced the hiring of David "Aki" (Ah-kee) Collins as an assistant coach with the program.
Collins arrives in Milwaukee after working as an assistant coach at fellow Jesuit institution Fairfield University for each of the past 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.
"I think it's important we have a presence where we play," Williams said. "I think any coach will tell you that it's important to be able to recruit where you play. Obviously, Aki's from New York, went to high school in New York, has great relationships up and down the East Coast, and he will be able to help us continue to recruit where we play. He has great relationships with coaches in the East and in the Mid-Atlantic area. We've got to recruit here first, recruit our own state and then expand from there, but I think you've got to recruit in the Big East region and collectively we will do that as a staff, but Aki will be able to guide us in the right way in that regard."
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.
Collins is married to the former Ina Taylor.
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