Hamilton College hires new women’s basketball coach

HAMILTON — Michelle Collins, an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for the Siena College women’s basketball team since 2007, has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at Hamilton College according to the Hamilton College Athletic Department.

Collins has previous head coaching experience with the SUNY Oswego women’s program for seven seasons prior to her second stint as an assistant at Division I Siena. She has also served as an assistant coach at Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.

"I’m honored to join Hamilton College as the head women’s basketball coach," Collins said in a press release. "I am excited to work with motivated student-athletes who aspire to high levels of excellence on the court and in the classroom. I am looking forward to their return to campus when we can begin working on the new season."

Collins was responsible for the skill development of Siena’s point guards. She had a hand in recruiting two all-conference players and one of the top 3-point shooters in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) history. Collins assisted with scouting and game and practice planning and implementation.

At Oswego, Collins led the program to heights it had never approached. She posted an overall record of 114-73 for a .610 winning percentage from 2000 to 2007.

The Lakers won just five games in her first season. But in 2003-04, the team recorded the first of four straight 20-win seasons, and played in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate tournament. Collins coached a SUNYAC player of the year, two conference rookies of the year and eight different players to all-conference honors. Oswego posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for three consecutive years.

Collins replaces Kate DeSorrento, who coached the Continentals for one season before she accepted an assistant’s job with the Stony Brook University women’s basketball coaching staff.