Collin Authier was hired as the program’s Assistant to the Head Coach in June 2011. In his duties as the Assistant to the Head Coach, Authier is responsible for the majority of the administrative tasks surrounding the program, including team travel. He is also in charge of team camps and community service in his role.
Under his leadership, the Islanders have been a strong presence in the Corpus Christi community. The team has made appearances at events such as Marina Market Days, the Art Walk and Buc Days. Additionally, they have worked with the Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts and Miracle League.
The Islanders had a tremendous 2013-14 season on the court with Authier on the staff, as the team finished 14-4 in the Southland Conference, good for second place in the 14-team league. The squad posted 12 more victories than it had the previous year, the third-largest turnaround in the nation.
Prior to arriving on the Island, he spent two years at Augustana (S.D.) College. At Augustana, Authier served as a graduate assistant coach for his final two seasons, as he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Augustana while serving with the coaching staff. In his final season, he helped the Division II school to a record of 18-9 overall and 15-7 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The 2009-10 team posted 24 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Before coming to Augustana, Authier attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 2006 to 2008, where he also worked as a student assistant for the men’s basketball program. Authier assisted in all aspects of the basketball program, which included practice, player development, scouting, game preparation, film exchange and recruiting.
Authier worked with a staff at UWS that produced the top recruiting class in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after his first year as an assistant. With his help, the team saw a seven-win improvement in two years, which included a run to the semi-finals of the WIAC tournament. Authier also helped coach a D3 News Top 10 freshman in the nation and two All-WIAC players.