Brian "Penny" Collins will join the Illinois State men's basketball coaching staff

Former East Tennessee State assistant coach Brian "Penny" Collins will join the Illinois State men's basketball team in the same role, the team announced Monday.

Collins has NCAA tournament experience on his resume as both a player and a coach. In 2006, he led Belmont to the round of 64 and in 2016, East Tennessee State earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance.

Illinois State head coach Dan Muller says he is eager to have Collins join the staff.

"I have known Penny since he was in high school and have watched him grow in the business," Muller said. "Penny has won everywhere he has been and will bring that winning attitude along with a ton of energy to our program. I can't wait to start working with Coach Collins."

Collins has served as a graduate assistant and Director of Operations for Tennessee State and an assistant at Cumberland, Columbia State and East Tennessee before joining the Redbirds.

In an official statement released by the University, Collins praised Muller and acknowledges his excitement to join the Illinois State sideline. 

"I am thrilled to join Dan Muller's staff," Collins said. "I have known Dan for many years and have always followed his program. Dan has instilled a winning culture here at ISU that I, along with the staff, intend to build on. This is a great opportunity to work for an established head coach, top notch program, great facility and superb fan base with high expectations to compete for championships."

NATE HEAD is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at  ​ Follow him on Twitter at @NateHead51

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