Aug. 31, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Brandy Collins, a former Arizona swimming standout and captain of the 2008 National Championship team, has been named assistant coach, the UA swimming/diving program announced on Friday.
"I know how much the Arizona program means to Brandy, having led it to a national title in 2008," head coach Eric Hansen said. "It is going to be great to have her on the deck to share her experience with our swimmers. She will be a terrific addition to our staff."
Collins returns to Tucson after coaching at LSU for the past two seasons. She was an integral part of both the LSU men's and women's teams in helping the programs reach new highs within the SEC and the NCAA -- levels that had not been seen in over 30 years. While at LSU, Collins headed the Breaststroke and Individual Medley groups. Her athletes accomplished both gold and silver medals at the Mexico Olympic Trials and seventh at Scottish Olympic Trials. On the college scene, her athletes earned All-American recognition, while breaking SEC records. In addition, the breaststroke and individually medley school records were broken during her time at LSU.
Collins, the captain of the University of Arizona's NCAA championship team in 2008, got her coaching career started by serving as a graduate assistant coach for her alma mater and for Ford Aquatics, where she was the head coach of the Silver Group in Tucson.
As a student-athlete, Collins was a member of three Pac-10 championship teams at Arizona in addition to its 2008 NCAA championship team as a sprint butterfly and freestyle performer. She was also an Olympic Trials and NCAA qualifier and was once ranked in the top 20 in the world in the 50-meter fly with a time of 26.7, while swimming for long standing Arizona sprint coach Rick DeMont.
A Pac-10 Post-graduate scholarship recipient in 2008, Collins earned a bachelor's degree focused in psychology, communications, and education. She will be finishing her graduate studies with a master's in sports management.
Married to Tucson local Philip Maben, they will set up residency back in their hometown where both families reside.
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