Staying with the Gamecocks for her second season, assistant coach Michelle Collier continues her work with the outside hitters and defenders. She also coordinates the offense and international recruiting, assists with scouting and video breakdown and serves as the liason with the Gamecocks' strength and conditioning department.
During her first season, Collier helped mentor a younger group that included SEC All-Freshman Team selection Juliette Thévenin. Thévenin led the Gamecocks in both kills and aces, the third rookie ever to do that and just the fifth freshman to lead South Carolina in kills. Thévenin ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in both kills and points per set, and she finished second on the team in hitting percentage.
Prior to coming to Columbia, Collier spent two seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, the University of South Florida, where she was responsible for the outside hitters and headed up international recruiting. She helped the Bulls to finishes in the top half of the deep BIG EAST Conference each year, while the squad raised their RPI mark by 100 points.
As a player, Collier ranks among the greatest players ever collegiately. She ranks fifth in NCAA Division I history with 2,729 career kills and sits in the Bulls' top-10 in numerous career and single-season categories. She holds the top spot in USF history in two career categories (kills and digs, 1,747) and set three single-season marks during an amazing 2000 season. After coming back from an injury that forced her to the sidelines in 1999, Collier compiled 760 kills, 1,873 attacks and 6.28 kills per set.
A two-time Conference USA Player of the Year and 2002 All-American, she claimed the league's Player of the Decade in 2004. She also claimed the C-USA Freshman of the Year plaque in 1998 and led the Tampa, Fla., based school to three of the program's seven NCAA Tournament appearances. USF went 120-48 during her three years, claiming two C-USA titles and one C-USA tournament crown during her four playing years. Collier is the only volleyball player in USF history to have her jersey retired. She joined the USF Hall of Fame in its third class announced this summer, the first Bulls volleyball player to earn that honor.
Prior to her start in coaching, Collier played professional volleyball for four years in a global tour that took her to Cyprus, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Spain and The Netherlands. Among the many accolades that she accumulated include the Indonesian League MVP and Cyprus' Best Foreign Player.
Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Collier graduated from USF in 2002 with a bachelors in web design and international relations.
Collier is married to Rafael Silva, who played for nine years in the top divisions of both Brazil and Spain. The couple has one daughter, Tais Collier Silva.
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