201 ATLANTA FALCONS
Mark Collins embarks on his second campaign on
the Falcons coaching staff. He will serve in the role of COLLINS’ COACHING BACKGROUND
Defensive Assistant. Prior to joining the NFL, Collins 2010-11 Defensive Assistant // Falcons
enjoyed a successful 11-year coaching run at the 2009 Assistant Coach // Louisiana-Monroe
collegiate level. 2007-08 Graduate Assistant // Univ. of Georgia
2006 Linebackers // Georgia Southern Univ.
Before coming to Atlanta, Collins was an assistant 2005 Defensive Coord. // Elon University
coach, working with the safeties for the University 2003-04 LBs & Off. Line // Univ. of Michigan
of Louisiana-Monroe in 2009. He coached two 1999-2002 Assistant Coach // East Tennessee St
All-Sun Belt selections in safeties Greg James and
James Truxillo. The Warhawks defense allowed
an average of 236.9 passing yards a game while Collins’ final stop before arriving in Statesboro,
totaling 13 interceptions during his lone year at the Georgia was at Elon University where he served
Monroe, Louisiana school. as the school’s Defensive Coordinator in 2005.
He led the Phoenix defense to a number three
Collins served as a graduate assistant at the ranking in total defense in the Southern Conference
University of Georgia in 2007. During his stay and also guided Southern Conference Defensive
in Athens, the Bulldogs enjoyed an 11-2 season Player of the Year Chad Nkang.
and a No. 2 ranking in the final Associated Press
poll. Georgia won its last seven contests of the Collins was a four-year starter at defensive end
season, which included a 41-10 victory over Hawaii and outside linebacker at ETSU. He won the John
in the Sugar Bowl. Robert Bell Award, which is given to the player
who displays intensity, loyalty and work ethic. He
In 2006, Collins served as the Linebackers Coach for was also the team’s captain in 1997. From 1995-96,
Georgia Southern University and worked under then- Collins was a National Football Foundation College
Head Coach Brian VanGorder. Collins also worked Hall of Fame Scholar.
with the special teams and was the camp and clinic
director. At GSU, Collins coached AFCA first-team Collins is a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He
All-America selection John Mohring. earned his bachelor’s degree in finance. He is married
to the former Sarah Warren of Baxley, Georgia.
A graduate of East Tennessee State University,
Collins joined the coaching staff of his alma mater
in 1999 and served in a variety of roles, including
Outside Linebackers Coach, Defensive Line Coach,
Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Defensive
Backs Coach. Following four seasons at ETSU, Collins
was hired by the University of Michigan where he
was part of two Big Ten Championships and back-
to- back trips to the Rose Bowl. He worked with the
team’s linebackers as well as the offensive linemen
during his two seasons in Ann Arbor, Mich.