Queens native to lead Knights
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Queens native Matt Collier will return home as the 14th head coach of the Knights’ men basketball program. A coach with extensive experience at the Division I level, Collier most recently spent six seasons as a member of the coaching staff at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

“My family and I are thrilled that I have been selected to lead the Queens College men’s basketball program, said Collier. “As a proud Queens native, representing the men’s basketball program at the ‘jewel of the CUNY system’ is a dream come true.

Drexel’s achievements on the court with Collier on staff included a 2010 victory over Louisville on the road, and a program-record 29 wins during the 2011-12 season. The team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Postseason NIT that year, and head coach Bruiser Flint was named CAA Coach of the Year.

Off the court, Collier worked closely with academic services to promote student-athlete welfare and academic success, which was instrumental in maintaining the program’s 100 percent graduation rate over the last 15 years.

Collier led recruitment for the Class of 2013, the highest-rated class in the CAA, according to HoopScoopOnline. The relationships Collier developed and maintained with Drexel alumni and boosters resulted in the fundraising for two foreign trips and the renovation of the men’s basketball office and team locker room at an estimated total of $3.2 million.

Before joining the Dragons, Collier served a stint as assistant coach at Howard University from 2005-10. Collier was instrumental in the team’s recruiting process, resulting in the highest rated MEAC recruiting class in 2009.

“Our players and staff will be committed to building a program that will make the Queens College community and the entire borough proud,” Collier said.
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