Emporia State women's basketball coach Jory Collins has accepted a position on the Kansas women's basketball coaching staff, reuniting with former ESU coach and current KU head coach Brandon Schneider.
During his eight seasons as ESU head coach, Collins has guided the Hornets to five MIAA Tournament championships, six NCAA Sweet 16 berths and a final four in 2015. He's compiled a 199-58 record.
"I want to thank the community of Emporia, our fans and (ESU athletic director) Kent Weiser for the opportunity I've had to lead Emporia State women's basketball the last eight years," Collins said in an ESU news release. "Having been in the program since I was 20 years old, it's meant much more to me than just a coaching job. It's been a way of life for me and my family."
Collins' teams have gone 20-3 in the MIAA Tournament and 34-9 in postseason play since he took over in 2011 after spending several years on Schneider's staff at ESU.
"I know Lady Hornet fans are disappointed to see Jory Collins go, just as I am," Weiser said. "It is not surprising that a coach with the skill and talent of coach Collins would be sought after, and he has had many opportunities come his way. I'm excited for Jory and his family as he takes another step in his career at KU. Being with a team that is on the rise in a Power 5 conference is a great opportunity for him."
Collins led the Hornets to their 22nd straight winning season in 2017-18. The Hornets, who were hurt by preseason injuries finished the year 17-11 and 11-8 in the MIAA. ESU ended the season with a 57-54 loss to Fort Hays State in the MIAA Tournament quarterfinals.
The KU women went 12-18 this past season in Schneider's third season at KU.
"I couldn't be happier that Jory has chosen to join our coaching staff," said Schneider who was 306-72 at Emporia State from 1998-2010. "He obviously has first-hand experience with our philosophy and approach, but I also believe he will bring a fresh perspective to our team.
"I'm excited to be able to join Kansas women's basketball," said Collins. "To be able to coach the game at the greatest basketball school in the country, in the toughest league in the country is an opportunity you jump at as a competitor."