Winston-Salem State hires ex-Hampton coach Collins

Updated: September 7, 2006, 8:39 AM ET
Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem State hired Bobby Collins to lead the basketball team into its first Division I season.

Collins replaces Philip Stitt, who resigned after five seasons with a 91-54 record. Collins will sign a four-year contract worth more than $90,000 a year at Winston-Salem, which moves into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Collins is the sixth coach hired at WSSU since the late Big House Gaines retired after the 1992-93 season. He spent the past four seasons at Hampton, where he compiled a 65-57 record.

"Now I'm having this opportunity at Winston-Salem State in my home state, and it is very exciting," Collins said.

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