Heather Collins enters her ninth season as the head coach of the Occidental College women's volleyball team.
In her first season at Oxy, Collins led the team to its best season in two decades. The Tigers went 22-9, won their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in school history and made the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years, finishing the season in the Round of 32.
During the 2012 season, the Tigers went 19-10 overall, advancing to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament before losing to top-seeded Cal Lutheran in the semifinals.
In 2013, the Tigers finished 17-10 and fourth in the SCIAC.
Before coming to Oxy in the summer of 2011, Collins was an as assistant coach at Loyola Marymount for the previous 13 seasons. Collins helped guide LMU to six NCAA postseasons, reaching the second round in three of those six appearances.
Collins is a former All-American at UC Santa Barbara, where she led the Gauchos to a four-year record of 101-29, including four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In her final season as a Gaucho, UCSB posted a 28-4 mark and finished with a No. 4 national ranking.
Collins followed up her successful playing career with the Gauchos as an assistant coach during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. In those 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.
Collins gained experience playing professionally competing in the National Volleyball Association in 1997 after winning championships with both the National Grass Volleyball Association and National Sand Volleyball Association in 1996.
Collins is a 1996 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, earning a liberal arts degree in Sociology. She also completed her Masters degree in General Education at LMU in 2007.
Heather resides in Glendale with her husband, Joe Gonzalez, and daughter Elle.