Laura Collins is in her second year as an assistant coach on the women's volleyball staff at the University of South Carolina. Collins, a former standout for Ben and former Gamecock head coach Nancy Somera at Oregon State, will work with the setters while helping with recruiting and administration.
In Collins' first season in Columbia, the Gamecocks made massive strides in their offense. Setter Bridget Denson-Dorman led the Southeastern Conference in assists and helped the Gamecocks lead the league in hitting percentage, wresting that title away from Florida for the first time since 1999. The transfer setter earned AVCA All-South Region honorable mention honors, becoming the first Gamecock setter to capture an award since Megan Hosp in 2002.
Collins was a standout for the Someras while playing in Corvallis. Her 3,786 career assists still rank third on the Beavers' all-time chart, while the Wisconsin native also earned honorable mentions on the All-Pacific-10 team for three consecutive years. She stands as the only two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree in Oregon State volleyball history. A two-year team captain, Collins also earned a third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors in 2002.
Since her 2004 graduation with a B.S. in marketing from Oregon State, Collins has coached on the high school, club and collegiate levels in Oregon. She spent six months as an assistant with the Canby Volleyball Club before working with Division III Pacific (Ore.) for the 2005 season. After a short stint with the Boxers, Collins returned to CVC as the head coach. In 2006 and 2007, she served as the head coach for Hillsboro (Ore.) High School.