Collins leaves TNU, will join Lipscomb

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 10:29pm

As expected, Trevecca Nazarene University head baseball coach Chris Collins announced his resignation on Tuesday and will join the staff at Lipscomb University.

Collins was an assistant at TNU under coach Jeff Forehand, who is now the head coach at Lipscomb.

Collins led the Trevecca program to an overall record of 81-34-1 with two TranSouth championships during the last two seasons. Trevecca has advanced to the NAIA Region XI tournament in each season. Collins was rewarded with the TranSouth and Region XI Coach of the Year Awards during the 2007 season. In 2007 Trevecca's baseball program reached its highest ranking in school history at No. 4.

Collins played two seasons at Trevecca, his freshman and senior seasons. In 2002 Collins was Trevecca's shortstop and produced one of the best offensive seasons in Trojan baseball history. He hit .412, led the TranSouth in home runs with 20, had 51 RBIs and was named All-TranSouth, Region XI First Team, and Honorable Mention All-America as a senior. Prior to returning to Trevecca, Collins played at the University of New Mexico and South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. Collins played his freshman season with the Trojans prior to transferring to South Mountain CC.

During his two years as head coach, Collins produced two All-Americans, one honorable mention All-American, one NAIA Scholar-Athlete, ten NAIA Region XI first team selections, one Region XI Player of the Year, three NAIA Region XI Rawlings Gold Glove award winners, one TranSouth Player of the Year, 12 TranSouth First and seven Second Team selections, four TranSouth Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners, and 11 TranSouth Scholar-Athlete Award winners.

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By: RTungsten on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Coach Forehand is stacking the deck. Good job, Coach!

By: OneTimer on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Lipscomb a baseball school. Who would have thunk it? Coach Dugan had it a baseball school in the 70s before Don Meyer got there for basketball. I love it.