A cornerstone in the Northern Illinois Athletics Department as both a coach and administrator for close to 20 years, Robert Collins enters his 19th year as a Huskie and his 16th as an administrator.
Collins, who is a Deputy Athletics Director, is responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day operations of football, men's basketball, softball, student-athlete welfare (sports performance, athletic training, sports psychology, judicial affairs, housing and athletic equipment).
Selected as the Senior Associate Athletic Director of the Year by the All-American Football Foundation in 2006, Collins has an extensive teaching background as he spent 15 years in the Chicago Board of Education as a physical education teacher and coach at Calumet High School (1977-79) and Robeson High School (1980-86). Collins was named the 1984 District 2 Coach of the Year and was later inducted into the Chicago Public School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Following his stint at Robeson, Collins served as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois from 1986-89. He then returned to Chicago where he was an assistant basketball coach for DePaul, where he helped recruit the No. 5 and No. 12 ranked recruiting classes in the country.
A 1971 graduate of Tennessee State University, Collins received his master's degree from National-Louis University in 1984. He is married to the former Kitty (Sanders) and has three children, Dori, Paige and Bobby.