Heather Collins played softball at Lipscomb University from 2004 to 2008 where she was a four-year starter at first base. She was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team as a junior in 2007 and was an All-Conference Second Team selection in 2005. She was also a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman Team in 2005. In 2008 she was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament Tea, She was also a four-time member of the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team.
Heather took some time off to talk by telephone with Lipscombsports.com about what she has been doing since graduating with a degree in psychology.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
Probably when Lexi Myers called me and my roommate Kimberly Jacobson to tell us we had won the Atlantic Sun regular season championship my senior year. I don’t know what the situation was, but it wasn’t in our control and it came down to the last weekend series. When she let us know we both started screaming and jumping around in the room.”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? The coaching staff my junior and senior year - Kristin Peck, Lexi Myers and Amber Woods.
“Kristin taught me a lot about being disciplined and organized and always putting grades first.
“Lexi taught me how to always look at the positive side of things. She was always very positive we me. She did a lot of mental techniques with me to help me get through some tough times. She is a great example of the type of coach I want to grow into.
“Amber helped me with my swing my junior and senior year. She helped me break out with an awesome junior year and a great senior year. Technique-wise and drill-wise I still model my hitting from what she did with me.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“I guess it would be the community at Lipscomb. But my fondest memory was going to all of the athletic events. The `Battle of the Boulevard” was always fun during basketball season. The black outs on the hill for soccer were always fun. It was fun just hanging out with so many people that I know and still talk with.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“The most valuable thing I learned was to be true to your self. In college you are still trying to find your image and find out who you are. I learn to follow my heart and do what your heart wants you to do.
“It’s a matter of being the person that you know you are. You don’t have to pretend to be somebody you are not.”
Who was your favorite professor?
“Definitely it was my psychology professor, Dr. Dale Alden. He used to tell the best stories of ways he used to help people because he ran his own clinic. He kind of reminded me of my father. He was a big guy and you would think you should be scared of him, but he was always helpful. He always wanted to talk. He was a great guy.”
Where do you live now?
Adrian, Mich. She is single, but many of her family members live in the Flint, Mich., area.
Who is your employer?
Heather is in her second season as an assistant softball coach at Adrian College.