Wingate University Women's Volleyball Head Coach
Shelton Collier has guided the Wingate University volleyball program to unparalleled success during the recent years, culminating in 2012, leading the Bulldogs to their second Elite Eight in three years. Wingate is the only SAC volleyball team to ever reach the Elite Eight, earning its first bid in 2010. Collier led the Bulldogs to a 32-3 record in 2012, the nation’s fourth-best winning percentage. He has led Wingate to a 195-12 overall record in the past six seasons, which includes a 98-2 mark in SAC play. Collier led the Bulldogs on a league-record 83-match SAC winning streak, which started in 2007 and ended in 2012.
The Bulldogs have won seven straight SAC regular season and tournament titles, making eight consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Wingate hosted the NCAA Southeast Regionals in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Wingate became the first team in SAC history to earn an AVCA top 25 ranking in 2009. The Bulldogs were ranked as high as 14th during 2011, when Collier guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever undefeated regular season. Collier has a career record of 872-265, including a 305-58 record with the Bulldogs. He has been named SAC Coach of the Year six straight seasons, while earning AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Collier has guided the Bulldog volleyball program for 11 seasons. He led Wingate to an at-large NCAA play-off bid in 2005. In 2003, Collier and the Bulldogs claimed the Food Lion SAC tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Division II tournament. Wingate's nine trips to the NCAA Tournament are the most in the SAC. The 11 NCAA Tournament victories are more than the rest of the league has combined. Prior to accepting the position at Wingate, Collier was the head coach at Georgia Tech for 11 seasons, developing a nationally-prominent program in Atlanta.
For each of the last six summers, Collier has been the head coach for the USA Youth National A1 and A2 program, with the responsibility of training 30 of the top young players in the USA National High Performance pipeline. He has led his age group to two gold medals and two bronze medals in the Junior International Division at the High Performance Championships. Collier will be part of the USA National Team coaching staff again this upcoming summer.
In 2007, Collier was the head coach for the USA Youth National Team that participated in the World Championships in Mexicali, Mexico. In 2006, Collier directed the Youth National Team to a gold medal at the NORECA Championships, which qualified the team for the 2007 World Championships. Collier was the head coach for the USA Junior National Team in 2005 at the Junior World Championships in Ankara, Turkey. Under Collier's guidance, in 2004, this Junior Team won the gold medal at the 2004 NORECA Tournament.
Collier arrived at Wingate in March of 2002, following 11 highly successful seasons at Georgia Tech. He left Georgia Tech as the most successful coach in the program's history with a 565-207 overall record and a .732 winning percentage. He was ranked in the top 15 of NCAA Division I coaches in total wins and winning percentage.
Collier inherited a Georgia Tech program (in 1991) that was 8-30 overall. He immediately transformed the program and directed them to a record of 27-9 overall. In only five years, he took Georgia Tech (ranked 248th nationally) to a number 16 ranking in the national poll. During his tenure at Tech, Collier was named ACC Coach of the Year, Tachikara Southeast Region Coach of the Year and Georgia Collegiate Coach of the Year.
Along with an impressive winning percentage, Collier's teams performed admirably in the classroom. Under Collier's supervision, his teams consistently achieved a team grade point average above 3.00. He maintained a 100 percent graduation rate for his players.
Before coaching at Georgia Tech, Collier was an assistant to the USA Women's National Team from 1988-90. He also was the head scout and consultant to the USA Women's National Team at the 1988 Olympics. In 1990, Collier was the head coach for the first USA Women's Youth National Team Program that trained in Colorado Springs.
From 1980-88, Collier was the head volleyball coach at the University of Pittsburgh, compiling a 296-93 record, (a .761 winning percentage), during his nine-season career. In 1987, he was elected Big East Coach of the Year and Northeast Regional Coach of the Year. Collier served as an assistant at Ohio State (1979), Cincinnati (1978), and Pacific (1977) before taking the position at the University of Pittsburgh.
Collier obtained a bachelor's degree in Social Work in 1977 from the Ohio State University. He was also an All-American volleyball player at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to three consecutive NCAA final four appearances. After graduation, Collier obtained a master's degree in Education and Counseling from Cincinnati in 1978.
Collier lives in Charlotte with his wife, DiAnn Gorham Collier. She is a captain in the Charlotte Fire Department.