Heather Collins is in her 13th season as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount. Collins handles pre-match scouting and assists in recruiting, daily practices, and matches. On the court, Collins primarily works with outside hitters, passing and defense.
In her first season with the LMU program, the Lions went 22-7 overall and 11-3 in WCC play en route to a NCAA second round appearance. In her 12 seasons, Collins has helped guide LMU to six NCAA postseasons, reaching the second round in three of those six appearances.
A former All-American at UC Santa Barbara, Collins came to LMU following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at UCSB in 1995 and 1996. In her two seasons, the Gauchos posted a 26-9 record in 1995 and a 23-9 record in 1996, twice advancing to the NCAA second round.
A four-year letter winner for the Gauchos, Collins was a two-time All-Big West first-team member, earning the honor following her junior and senior seasons. She claimed third-team All-America honors from Volleyball Magazine as a junior, and honorable mention accolades following her senior campaign. She still ranks among school leaders in career digs (1,556 - fifth) and kills (1,329 - ninth), and holds the school mark for service aces (157). As a player, she led the Gauchos to a four-year record of 101-29, including four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 1993, UCSB posted a 28-4 mark and finished with a No. 4 national ranking.
Collins attended Poway High School, where she led her team to three CIF 3-A championships. She was a two-time All-CIF first-team performer and won Player of the Year honors following her senior season. A five-year player for the San Diego Volleyball Club, she led the 18-elite team to the Nike Davis Volleyball Festival Championship in 1991.
Collins is a two-year veteran of the professional volleyball ranks. She played in the National Volleyball Association (NVA) 4-man sand and 4-man grass league in 1996, and played for the Utah Golden Spikers of the NVA in 1997.
Collins is a 1996 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, earning a degree in liberal arts. She also completed her masters degree in education at LMU.