Former Michigan State safety Archie Collins returns as a graduate assistant on the Spartan coaching staff. He assists the defensive staff, working primarily with secondary coach Harlon Barnett.
The 35-year-old Collins returned to Michigan State after coaching in the Detroit Public School League for seven years. During his tenure in the PSL, he coached nine players who went on to earn all-state honors and 28 players who gained all-city recognition.
A Detroit native, Collins spent four years as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Southeastern High School (2006-09) where he helped the Jungaleers win back-to-back district and division championships in 2008-09. In addition, Southeastern won the PSL city title in 2008. During his tenure as defensive coordinator, the Jugaleers recorded 15 shutouts, 126 takeaways and scored 16 defensive touchdowns.
During the 2005 season, Collins served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Mackenzie High School.
He worked for two seasons as the defensive backs coach at his high school alma mater, Cass Tech (2003-04). During his two-year stint, the secondary registered 29 interceptions, 22 pass break-ups and scored four defensive TDs.
Collins, a two-time letterman (1996-97) for the Spartans, was selected Special Teams Player of the Week twice during his career: against Penn State in 1996 and Purdue in 1997. Current Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio served as his position coach during his collegiate career.
Collins, who earned his bachelor's degree in finance from MSU in 1998, is currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology.
Collins and his wife Brandi have a daughter, Amber, and a son, Archie IV.