ETBU Alumnus Still Collecting Championship Trophiesby Mike Midkiff
MARSHALL, Texas (4/18/13) - Winning on the soccer fields seems to follow East Texas Baptist University alumnus David Collins. Collins, who graduated from ETBU in 1997 was a key player who helped the Tigers win their first ever conference soccer championship in program history. Then later, as the assistant men’s coach under Head Coach Jose Alonzo, was part of the Tigers back-to-back National Championships in 1998 and 1999.
Today, Collins is still collecting championship trophies for the trophy case. His Brook Hill School Lady Guard team, only in its second full year of playing varsity soccer, won the 2013 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Division III state high school soccer championship defeating Colleyville Covenant Christian Academy, 3-0.
"It was an incredible experience for me and my team,’ said Collins, reflecting on his feelings after winning the state championship back in March. "I am still on cloud nine. I have been blessed to be a part of four championships now in my career, three of them have been as assistants and now to win one as a head coach is really special.”
Brook Hill School is a private Christian boarding school in Bullard, just south of Tyler serving students in grades PreK-12.
Collins believes his time as a student and a coach at ETBU has prepared him well for what he is experiencing in life today. "I was really fortunate in the beginning of my career to have the opportunity to work under Kent Reeves and alongside Jose Alonzo,” said Collins. "Many of the things that I learned from them have helped to make me the coach that I am today.”
The former Tiger left ETBU in 2003 to go to Brook Hill School. While at ETBU, he was the first women’s soccer coach starting the program in 1999. Collins guided the Lady Tigers to the playoffs in their third season and was named the American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. At Brook Hill School, he serves as head varsity soccer coach, assistant football coach and teaches science. Collins and his wife Christi married in 1997, and have two sons, Caleb and Joshua.
The ETBU back-to-back National Christian College Athletic Association Men’s Soccer championships are still a vivid memory for Collins. "It was a great run for us those two years, really three because we lost in the semi-finals in 2000,” he said.
"Coach Alonzo did a great job of assembling that team and those guys really came together, we were very successful. We had a great group of players that really refused to lose and had some big wins against top 10 teams,” added Collins. "I am very blessed to have been a part of that group to have had that opportunity so early in my career.”
Since he was the first women’s soccer coach at ETBU, Collins still keeps his eyes on the Lady Tigers. "It has been exciting for me to see the program grow and have success. I believe the future is bright,” remarked Collins.