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TSU Hires Brian ‘Penny' Collins As Head Basketball Coach

Posted at 7:22 AM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 12:47:18-04

Tennessee State University has hired Brian "Penny" Collins to become its next head basketball coach.

Collins was introduced Monday morning at Hankal Hall’s Tigers Den on campus.

The former Belmont star spent just one year at Illinois State, serving as an assistant to Dan Muller. Prior to that, he spent two seasons working for Steve Forbes at East Tennessee State, helping guide the Buccaneers to a 27-8 record, the Southern Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Collins replaces Dana Ford who left TSU to take the head coaching position at Missouri State last week. Ford went 57-65 in four seasons with the Tigers, elevating a program that won just five games in his first season into the upper division of the OVC.   

Collins is the 18th head coach in program history.