Stacey Collins steps down as South Dakota head coach for coordinator role at Utah State

After four seasons at the helm of the South Dakota School of Mines football program, Stacey Collins is vacating the role to take a special teams coordinator position for the Utah State program.

Back when Collins started in 2012, he aided in the program’s transition from NAIA to Division II. He posted a record of 16-27 and had two winning seasons. In total Collins has 18 years of collegiate football coaching experience and now joins Utah State, making the leap to an NCAA Division I football program in the Mountain West Conference.

Before arriving at South Dakota, Collins was an assistant at Eastern Oregon University.

Taking over for Collins will be former Hardrocker assistant Zach Tinker. Prior to this season Tinker spent the last four seasons an assistant coach and offensive coordinator under Collins.

Upon taking the job Tinker said, “Everything changes for you from a mind set of just again, you’re thinking about offensive stuff all the time when your the offensive coordinator. Then when you become the head coach, you really don’t think about that stuff at all. You’re thinking about where the kids are? Are they at class? Are they doing what they need to be doing? How can I help this person? How can I support my assistant coaches? Because the assistant coaches really run the program on a day in day out basis.”

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