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Heather Collins was a four-year starter at first base for the Lady Bisons during her playing days, earning all-conference as a junior and being named to the Atlantic Sun All-Tournament team as a senior. Since then, she's stayed in the game as an assistant coach, first with Adrian (Mich.) College and now in a return to her alma mater as an assistant in 2011.
In her time as a player for the Lady Bisons, Collins wielded one of the mightier bats in the Atlantic Sun. She slammed 25 home runs in her career, setting Lipscomb records during her junior season in batting average (.373), home runs (14) and RBI (53).
In her final season, she manned first base with considerable aplomb, committing only one error and leading the squad with a .998 fielding percentage. She was part of a senior class that led Lipscomb to its first-ever share of the A-Sun regular season title.
Following her graduation, she became an assistant coach at Adrian College, where she helped coach the Bulldogs to a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division III tournament, marking Adrian's first NCAA Appearance in school history.
At Adrian, Collins, was not only the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator but coached the junior varsity squad.
Collins joined the staff at her alma mater in 2011, helping the Lady Bisons to their third consecutive 30-victory season. Lipscomb batters slugged 44 home runs during the campaign.
She will continue her duties coaching the catchers and corner infielders, as well as working as a hitting instructor in 2011.
In addition to her duties on the field, Collins takes time to enjoy the finer parts of Nashville, such as the diverse and eclectic groups of people and places around the city.
Collins returned to Lipscomb to complete her graduate course work in professional counseling. She hopes to work at an in-patient care facility in the future.