Three-time All-American Ryan Collins is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Air Force cross country program, after joining the coaching staff in October 2013. In addition to his duties with the cross country team, Collins will also serve as an assistant coach for the middle distance and distance runners of the track and field team.
Collins, an All-American runner at both the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin, joined the Air Force coaching staff in October 2013.
Helping Virginia to three consecutive appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Collins earned All-America honors as a senior by placing 32nd at the national meet. He was a three-time all-Southeast Region selection, highlighted by two top-10 finishes, and a three-time all-ACC honoree. He also helped the Cavaliers to the conference cross country title in 2008.
As a distance runner for the Virginia track and field team, Collins earned All-America status in the 5000-meter run at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. He also claimed three ACC titles in that event, en route to five all-ACC selections (three indoor, two outdoor).
Collins concluded his collegiate eligibility at Wisconsin, as he worked toward his master's degree. As a member of the Badgers' cross country team, Collins helped Wisconsin to the team title at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, while earning All-America status behind a 23rd-place finish. A USTFCCCA All-Academic selection, Collins led Wisconsin to its 10th-straight Great Lakes Regional title behind an eighth-place individual finish and helped the Badgers to their 13th consecutive Big Ten title with a sixth-place finish.
During the 2012 track and field season, he earned a pair of top-10 finishes at the Big Ten Championships (indoor 5000-meter run - seventh; outdoor 10,000-meter run - third), while helping the Badgers to the outdoor conference title. He also placed 13th in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA West Preliminary.
A native of Mansfield, Mass., Collins earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 2011, before obtaining a master's from the University of Wisconsin.