Collins Resigns As Hardrocker Football Coach; Takes Position At Utah State
Release Date Friday, February 26, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. –South Dakota School of Mines announced Friday that Stacy Collins has resigned as the Hardrocker football head coach to take the special teams coordinator position at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

“Coach Collins has done a great job for SD Mines. We will miss his leadership and positive attitude on campus, and we wish him nothing but the best in his new role,” said SD Mines President Heather Wilson.

Collins served at the helm of the Hardrocker program for four seasons where he amassed a won-loss record of 16-27. In that time, he guided the Hardrockers to two winning seasons (2015, 2013).

“I would like to sincerely thank President Heather Wilson and Athletics Director Joel Lueken for their unwavering support, guidance and commitment to our scholar-athletes and this football program,” Collins said. “The faculty, staff and student organizations here on campus have been phenomenal supporters. We have a group of dedicated boosters who have allowed us to make the NCAA Div. II transition a successful one that has a bright future.” 

Collins took control of the SD Mines football program in 2012, helping transition the program from NAIA to NCAA Div. II. After one season as an independent (2013), Collins was instrumental in helping SD Mines become a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for the past two years. The Hardrockers will join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this fall.

“The Hardrocker Athletics family wants to thank Coach for his service to SD Mines and wish coach Collins and his family nothing but the best of luck,” said Hardrocker Athletics Director Joel Lueken. “Coach Collins has been a true servant leader within the campus community and in Rapid City. I speak for the entire athletic department when I say it has been a privilege to work with him.”

Collins has 18 years of collegiate football coaching experience. Before taking over SD Mines, he served at Portland State University, an NCAA Div. I FCS program, where he was the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with Central Washington University (NCAA Div. II) as the special teams coordinator and linebacker/defensive line coach.

His career also included stops at Southern Oregon University in 2007 (defensive coordinator), Idaho State from 2005-06 (linebackers coach), Western Washington from 2003-04 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach) and Western Oregon from 1998-2002 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach). In addition, he spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of the Vienna Vikings (Austria) 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 degree in physical education (1998) and then a master’s in education in 2001.

Collins, a native of Sutherlin, Ore., has been married to his wife, Mandi, since July 2002. The couple has four daughters, Kayla (12), Mackenzie (10), Kylee (4) and Mackenna (2).

Utah State is an NCAA Div. I football program in the Mountain West Conference. Under the direction Matt Wells, the Aggies have won three consecutive FBS bowl games and appeared in four straight. Collins starts his new position Monday in Logan, Utah. 

“I would also like to thank everyone at South Dakota Mines and the Rapid City community for the opportunity to serve as the head coach of the Hardrocker football program for the last four seasons. This has been a tremendous place to live and work. I would like to give a special thanks to the administration for all their support during my tenure here. That includes the late Dr. Robert A. Wharton and former Athletics Director Dick Kaiser for giving me the initial opportunity to be the head coach of the Hardrockers,” Collins said.

“Lastly, I’d like to give my deepest appreciation to the Hardrocker football assistant coaches and our scholar-athletes who have worked tirelessly to build the SD Mines football program into a team that develops leaders in the community, classroom and the football field,” Collins added.

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