Brian "Penny" Collins, former head coach at Columbia State, was named as the head coach at Tennessee State University. Collins, who served as the head coach of the chargers from 2012-15, comes to TSU after spending last season as an assistant at Illinois State University.
His time at Columbia State saw the Chargers make back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA National Tournament, making the Elite Eight in 2015, and the Sweet Sixteen in 2016. He was also named the TCCAA Coach of the Year in 2014 and the NJCAA Region VII Coach of the Year after winning the Region Championship in 2015.
A Nashville native, Collins played at Whites Creek High School before playing collegiately at Belmont University. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from Belmont in 2006. Upon graduation, he was a grad assistant at TSU and Director of Basketball Operations from 2007-09. He earned hist Master's Degree from TSU in 2009.
He moved from TSU to Cumberland where he served as an assistant for three seasons until his hiring at Columbia State. He left Columbia State when he was hired at ETSU as an assistant coach. In his two years at ETSU, the Bucs were 51-20 and played for the Southern Conference Championship both seasons. This past season at Illinois State, the team went 18-15 and played for the Missouri Valley Championship.