1988 Wittenberg graduate hired as program’s new head football coach

Offensive coordinator Jim Collins talks to the family of quarterback Spencer Hawkins at Dayton Flyers football photo day at Welcome Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. David Jablonski/Staff
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Offensive coordinator Jim Collins talks to the family of quarterback Spencer Hawkins at Dayton Flyers football photo day at Welcome Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. David Jablonski/Staff

Credit: David Jablonski

Credit: David Jablonski

Jim Collins, who was Wittenberg’s MVP in 1987, coached at Dayton last season

Wittenberg University has hired Jim Collins as its new head football coach, according to multiple sources Monday.

An introductory press conference on Zoom is scheduled for noon Tuesday. The hiring comes four days after Joe Fincham, one of the winningest coaches in college football history, announced his retirement after 25 seasons.

Collins, a graduate of Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati and a 1988 Wittenberg graduate, led the Tigers in receiving in 1985, 1986 and 1987 with 36, 31 and 46 catches, respectively. He was the team’s MVP as a senior in 1987.

Collins was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Dayton last season. It would have been his second season with the Flyers, but the 2020 season was cancelled because of the pandemic.

The Wittenberg job will be Collins’ fourth stop as a head coach. He has a career record of 135-133.

Collins worked as the director of player personnel at Army in the 2019 season. Prior to that, he spent 11 seasons (2008-18) at Saginaw Valley State. He led that program to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2009, 2011 and 2013. He had an overall record of 65-56 overall and was 58-49 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Collins was the head coach at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, from 1997-2007 and was the Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2006. He was 66-51 in 11 seasons. The program had a winning record in his last seven seasons.

Collins was also the head coach at the University of Dubuque from 1994-1996. He was 4-26 in three seasons.

From 1991-93, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Illinois Wesleyan University. He started his career as an assistant defensive backs coach at Central Michigan from 1989-90.

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