Collins receives VFL life membership

 

Williamstown senior coach Andrew Collins was last night awarded VFL life membership at the 2017 JJ Liston Trophy presentation.

 

Collins accepted his life membership along with fellow coaching contemporaries Gary Ayres, Peter German and other stalwarts of the VFL competition in front of a packed room at the Crown Palladium last night.

 

Into his tenth year of coaching a VFL side, Collins will notch up his 204th game as a VFL coach in this Sunday's preliminary final against arch rivals Port Melbourne.

 

After retiring from his AFL playing days at the end of 1996, Collins coached former club Sandringham (where he was part of the 1985 premiership team as a player) from 1997-1998, winning a premiership in his first year.

 

After an assistant coaching role at St. Kilda from 2000-2003, Collins moved to former club Hawthorn in 2004 as an assistant coach, where he would also coach VFL affiliate Box Hill for two seasons.

 

Following this, he joined Coburg as senior coach from 2006-2007, guiding them to a grand final berth in 2007.

 

Collins moved to SANFL club West Adelaide from 2008-2013, coaching them to a grand final in 2012 and then a Foxtel Cup win in 2013.

 

In 2014, he returned to Victoria and took on the head coaching role at Williamstown in their first year returning as a standalone club. It was a successful debut year for Collins, guiding the club to a preliminary final as well as taking home the last ever Foxtel Cup.

 

2015 would be his crowning achievement so far as Williamstown senior coach, taking the team to it's first standalone premiership in 25 years.

 

After getting the side to another preliminary final in 2016, Collins will be hoping to go another two steps this year and repeat the success of 2015, in 2017.

 

One stat that typifies Collins' success as a coach is that no matter what VFL side he has coached, he has taken them to the finals in each of his ten years.

 

Williamstown Football Club congratulates Collo' on this well deserved achievement.

  

 

   

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