John Collins is one of America’s most successful club coaches. Collins started coaching in 1970 at Rye YMCA which helped prepare him to take over the Badger Swim Club from his father in 1971. He is an All-American butterflier at Indiana University under the legendary coach, James “Doc” Counsilman. After Graduating from Indiana, he went on to graduate from Fordham Law School graduate in 1972. Collins has coached many world champions including Rick Carey (1983), Lea Loveless Maurer (1998), Tobie Smith (1998), Cristina Teuscher (2001), and Jenny Thompson (2003, 04) U.S. Olympic gold medalists include, Carey, Loveless, Teuscher, Thompson and most recently, Cody Miller.
Collins has been a U.S. National Team coach from 1984-2007, serving on numerous international trips with team USA including head coach in the 1995 Pan American Games, head coach of the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships, head coach of the 2001 World Championships, and most recently, head coach of the 2007 World Championships in Perth, Australia.
Collins was named “coach of the year” by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) in 1983 and is an inductee in the Metropolitan Swimming Hall of Fame, the Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame and in the ASCA Hall of Fame.
In 2014, Collins was named Senior Coach of the year for Metro Swimming. He was also named the Senior Co-Chair of Metro Swimming.