The Washington University in St. Louis Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the John M. Schael Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Pat Juckem have announced the hiring of Luke Collins as the new assistant coach for men’s basketball.
Collins comes from Colorado Mesa University where he has been an assistant coach for the last year. In 2022, the Mavericks reached the Division II Sweet 16 and set the program record for most wins in a season.
“We are ecstatic to have Luke joining our coaching staff,” said Juckem. “Luke brings invaluable experiences having won championships as a player at Rhodes and as an assistant coach at Colorado Mesa. His passion for developing student-athletes on and off the court will make him a great asset to our players and program. Additionally, we are excited to welcome Luke’s wife Jaris and their children to the Bear family!”
Prior to his time at Colorado Mesa, from 2017-21, Collins founded and served as the head trainer for Team Coventry, which conducted daily skill development sessions for players ranging from seventh to 12th grade. Additionally, he managed and led strength and conditioning sessions.
From 2017-19, Collins was a head coach for Pro Skills Basketball (PSB), coaching the 14U boys team, earning PSB Coach of the Month in May 2019.
In addition to his basketball history, Collins has worked as Vice President for Cyber Security Operations for Bank of America since 2019 and served as an Operations Risk Advisory Associate for KPMG from 2016-19.
Collins played collegiately at Rhodes, where he was a two-year captain, a two-time conference champion and a two-year starting point guard. During his senior year, he was second in the SAA for assists and named to the SAA All-Conference and All-Sportsmanship teams. He graduated from Rhodes in 2015 with a degree in commerce and business.
He went on to earn his MBA from Auburn University in 2016, where he also served as a graduate assistant in financial analytics. Through that, he formulated analytical procedures to evaluate financial performance of 21 Auburn teams as well as initiated and developed a formula for key statistical win drives for Auburn football.