Head Coach Tom Collins, the inaugural head baseball coach at Stony Point High School, has completed his 17th season in that position with the 2016 campaign. His Tigers have captured 5 Bi-District titles and battled their way to an overall record of 280-231 since the school opened. The Tigers 2011 16-5A championship was the first baseball district title in school history. Stony Point is the sixth coaching stop of Collins’ 26-year career. Round Rock Westwood, Austin Lanier, Tyler John Tyler, Georgetown, and Orangefield are the previous high schools at which Coach Collins served. Add to that list of high schools Southwestern University and Baylor University where Coach Collins spent one year each student coaching. Stony Point is the third head coaching position Collins has held.
Professional highlights for Coach Collins would have to include being named Co-Coach of the year on the 1990 All-Greater Houston team after leading his state semi-finalist Orangefield Bobcat team to a 23-6 record. At Orangefield, Collins coached the player who currently holds the longest ever consecutive game hitting streak in Texas high school baseball history (Jeff Granger, Texas A&M). At John Tyler, Collins’ team earned a spot in the national high school record book by turning five double plays in a game (vs. Tyler Lee). Collins was a member of the THSBCA Team Texas Senior Sunbelt coaching staff from 2005-2009, winning the prestigious summer baseball event in 2005 and 2008 and finishing as runners-up in 2006 and 2009. Collins served as the head coach for Team Texas in 2008 and 2009.
As a player, Collins was a three-year letterman for Houston Sharpstown High School, where he played third base and left field. He was a member of Sharpstown’s 1982 class 5A state championship team. Coach Collins earned all-district honors his junior and senior seasons and was named to the all-greater Houston team his senior season in high school. In college, Collins played for Coach Jim Mallon’s Southwestern University Pirates from 1984-1987. The 1984 Southwestern team finished third in the N.A.I.A. World Series. In each of his four years in college, Coach Collins earned the S.U. athletic/academic award for maintaining a GPA above 3.0 during semesters while playing baseball.
Coach Collins has been a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He was also mentioned as one of the National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers for the 2005/2006 school year. Coach Collins was honored by the Greater Austin Sports Association as that group’s Coach of the Year in 2006. He has served as a math teacher for the duration of his teaching career. He has been active with the Austin Area Baseball Coaches Association and recently completed many years of service with the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, finally serving as the group’s president from 2012-2014.
Coach Collins is married to wife Cyndi and has a stepdaughter Claire, age 14.