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D1 football coach Stacy Collins to take reins at College of the Siskiyous

Bill Choy
Siskiyou Daily News
Stacy Collins, who coached this past season at Utah State has been named the new head football coach at College of the Siskiyous in Weed.

The College of the Siskiyous Eagles football team has hired a new head coach: Stacy Collins will replace Athletic Director Charlie Roche in the role.

Collins comes from Division 1 football program Utah State University, where he served as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach in the 2020 season after being the special team’s coordinator and running backs coach in 2019. 

Overall, Collins has 22 years of coaching experience, including 15 years as a coordinator and four years as a head coach.

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“He brings a ton of college coaching experience,” Roche said. “ I think he was ready to go back to being a head coach and being part of the community here.”

Roche said Collins is a coach with a proven track record both on the field and in the classroom and will do a great job getting the best out of his players and helping them move on two four-year programs.

COS was unable to play so far this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After Roche took over as AD, Tyler Knudsen was intern coach for the Eagles.

Roche said COS is hopeful to have a sports season and Collins will come in and start right away preparing his team for the  upcoming year,

“He is committed to doing things the right way and to have a winning program,”  Roche said.

Collins also spent three seasons at Utah State as the inside linebackers coach (2017-18) and special teams coordinator (2016) at USU. In 2019, Collins helped Utah State to its 14th bowl game. 

During the 2017 season, Collins helped coach a Utah State defense that allowed just 182.5 passing yards per game to rank 19th nationally. Furthermore, USU ranked sixth in the nation with 29 forced turnovers, including tying for second nationally with its 16 forced fumbles, and ranked fourth in the nation with five defensive touchdowns.

 Collins came to Utah State after spending four seasons as the head coach at NCAA at Division II South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. 

He led the Hardrockers to winning seasons in 2013 and 2015, the last being just their third in the past 30 years.

Under Collins’ direction in 2014, South Dakota School of Mines set single-season school records with 5,282 total yards, 3,540 passing yards and 286 first downs and led all of college football in red zone efficiency. Along with all the success on the field under Collins, the Hardrockers were just as successful in the classroom as seven players earned GNAC All-Academic Honors in 2015.

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Roche said he was impressed with Collins stint at South Dakota School of Mines. He  turned the program around and had success at a program at an academically challenging school.

“He had to go after a certain type of player and he did it the right way,” Roche said.

He’s  had a number of other coaching stops, including a stint in 2007 at nearby Southern Oregon University as defensive coordinator. 

Collins also spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of the Vienna Vikings (Austria), a European League football team, as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach from 1999-2001.

Collins played college football at Western Oregon from 1993-97 as a linebacker, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1998 and then a master’s degree in education in 2001.

Roche said that Stacy has a lot of ties in the Oregon and Washington areas and is a great recruiter, which will serve him well. He said high school coaches throughout the region are familiar with him, which will help him recruit players to attend COS.

Collins, a native of Sutherlin, Ore., and his wife, Mandi, have four daughters: Kayla, Mackenzie, Kylee and Mackenna.

Besides his coaching duties, Collins will also be a faculty member at COS.