By Lucas Carr | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced their top Thirty Under 30 list for 2018 this past March, following the 2017-18 basketball season.
The Thirty Under 30 program was created by the WBCA to acknowledge 30 up-and-coming women’s basketball coaches at the age of 30 or below.
The honorees are recognized for their involvement in community service, mentorship, professional manner, and association involvement.
Radford women’s basketball assistant coach Camille Collier was one of the 30 coaches to be honored for last year’s season.
Collier and the other honorees were recognized during the Final Four in March of 2018.
During the 2017-2018 basketball season, Collier and Head Coach Mike McGuire led the Highlanders to a 24-9 record with a 15-3 record in Big South play, most wins in program history.
Collier assisted in the development of Janayla White and Jayda Worthy as they were both placed on the All-Big South teams. Worthy was the fourth player in program history to be named Big South Defensive Player of the Year.
Before Collier was a coach, she was a player. Playing four years for Wake Forest, she was named All-Academic team as a freshman leading the ACC with 8.2 scoring average as well as landing on the ACC Honor Roll two times. She finished off her time as a Demon Deacon, leading the women to a 20-win season and a birth in the Women’s National Invitation tournament at the end of the 2012 season.
Collier received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Education while serving as a graduate assistant coach at Georgia Tech.
Prior to joining the Radford coaching staff in 2017, Collier was an assistant coach for Jacksonville College where she worked for four seasons.
During her time with the Dolphins, she worked as a recruiting coordinator and saw that they claimed its first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference Championship with a 22-11 record.
Coach Collier does her best to help improve the skills of her players on and off the court. Head Coach Mike McGuire said to the Big South news team that she, “exemplifies a lot of great qualities in the day-to-day work of our profession. Her drive, determination, initiative and competitiveness is outstanding. Our profession needs more young coaches like her.”
McGuire went on to say that Collier has a bright future in the coaching profession as she continues to impact all of the student-athletes she has the pleasure of coming into contact with.
This past season the Highlanders boasted an increase in statistics, ranging from 420 assists to have the fifth best scoring defense in the country, holding opponents to 52.9 points a game.
Collier’s response to the Big South news team on her Thirty Under 30 recognition: “I am humbled and thankful to be recognized among a great group of coaches in our profession. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to learn from Coach McGuire and to coach great student-athletes who continuously push me to become a better coach.”
We look forward to the excellent coaching and mentoring Collier will bring this season and hope to have another outstanding year!
The Highlanders start the year off against South Carolina State on Nov. 7.
Photo Credit: (Courtesy of RU Athletics)