FLINT – Zach Collins says he at all times dreamed about being a head basketball coach.
Right now, that dream has turn out to be a actuality.
Collins has been employed to be the boys basketball coach at Powers Catholic after beforehand serving as an assistant varsity coach at Olivet Faculty and Frankenmuth. He replaces Greg Burks, who resigned as a result of he’s relocating to Atlanta for enterprise causes.
“I’ve been dreaming about it since I used to be just a little child,” Collins mentioned Thursday. “My dad has coached soccer for 30 years. It’s at all times one thing I’ve been round, teaching. It’s one thing I’ve at all times needed to do and one thing I’ve ready for.
“I bear in mind sitting in school drawing up performs in my pocket book. It’s one thing I’ve at all times needed to do.”
Collins, whose father is the offensive coordinator on the College of Dayton, spent the final 4 seasons as a varsity assistant coach at Frankenmuth. He pulled double obligation because the junior varsity head coach for the primary two seasons with the Eagles.
Previous to that, he coached for 2 years at Olivet, the primary as a varsity assistant and JV head coach and the second as a varsity assistant. He additionally performed for one season at Olivet after graduating from Saginaw Nouvel in 2012.
One of many engaging issues about Powers is it’s a Catholic college, which inserts in with Collins’ background. One other factor that appealed to Collins is the Flint-area’s historical past of being dwelling to a number of the state’s prime groups.
Two of Michigan’s 4 state championships groups this season – Grand Blanc and Beecher – are from the Flint space.
“Apart from Detroit, which is way bigger, there’s not many areas within the state that may boast it has that many state championship contenders,” mentioned Collins, 27. “The Catholic custom as nicely (was interesting). I’ve that background. I like the tight-knit bonds you type. I’ve heard nothing however nice issues in regards to the group as a complete.
“It’s a premier job within the space. Tons of custom, taking part in in an excellent convention (the Saginaw Valley) with nice competitors and Grand Blanc main the best way because the state champion. I haven’t stopped smiling since I accepted it.”
Powers athletic director Mike Watson fashioned a committee to seek for the brand new coach. It included Rory Matter, a former Powers participant who has coached a number of space highschool groups and is now the college president, in addition to ladies basketball coach Ryan Trevithick.
“We had two rounds of interviews and he sort of blew us away within the first spherical of interviews,” Watsons mentioned. “We narrowed it down from 5 to 2, introduced him in as a finalist and did lots of X’s and O’s in that last assembly.
“With Rory and his background, there was lots of fairly intense grilling within the second interview by way of basketball information, schematics and X’s and O’s. The man’s basketball information, it’s fairly particular. We’re fairly excited to have Zach.”
Collins can be launched to the gamers and their mother and father at 10 a.m. Saturday at Powers.