Kyle Collins hired as assistant men's golf coach
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head men's golf coach John Knauer announced Friday that he has hired former Roadrunners standout Kyle Collins as his assistant coach. His appointment is effective Aug. 1.
"We are thrilled about bringing Kyle back to the program as an assistant coach," Knauer said. "He was an outstanding player for us and he has a great golf pedigree. I have no doubt that he will help us take this program to new heights."
"I am extremely honored and excited to be joining my UTSA family once again," Collins said. "Coach Knauer has done a tremendous job of bringing in a great group of talented, hard-working players. The sky is the limit for this program in Conference USA and I cannot wait to get to work and get the season started."
Collins was a four-year letterwinner for the Roadrunners in 2006-09. He earned second-team All-Southland Conference honors while also serving as team captain as a senior and he was a third-team selection in 2007. Collins posted eight sub-70 rounds during his career and his 36-hole tally of 135 at the 2008 Del Walker Intercollegiate still ranks second on UTSA's all-time list. He led all Roadrunners by placing fourth with a 214 (71-68-75) to help the squad finish fourth at the 2009 Southland Conference Championship. Collins' top collegiate showing was third, which he did at his collegiate debut at the 2006 Del Walker Intercollegiate (69-70-74—213) and again at the Battle of the Bend (74-71—145) later that fall. Altogether he recorded nine top-10 finishes, including four top fives.
A local product, Collins was a three-year letterwinner at Clark High School who was tabbed all-region, all-district and team MVP as a senior in 2006. He was named to the San Antonio Express-News All-Star Team and the San Antonio Super Team and he finished 18th at the Class 5A State Tournament in his final campaign.
After his collegiate career, Collins played professionally on both the Adams Pro Tour and NGA (National Golf Association) Hooters Pro Golf Tour for a year before a back injury forced him to retire. He then followed in the golf club professional footsteps of his father and grandfather by becoming an assistant pro at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., where he oversaw the junior program, merchandising and member relations.
Collins spent two years in the marketing field for two different companies before returning home to the Alamo City.
Collins earned a bachelor's degree in business from UTSA in May 2009.