Collins inks contract extension at North Dakota State

North Dakota State University director of athletics Matt Larsen has announced a new five-year extension for women’s basketball head coach Jory Collins through the 2028-29 season.

“Jory and his staff have completely transformed our women’s basketball program since the day he stepped on campus,” said Larsen. “We have a strong tradition and a long history of success in women’s basketball at NDSU and our alums and fan base have an incredible amount of pride in this program. Jory has high expectation to not only compete annually for a Summit League title but to have postseason opportunities a regular occurrence for our program and fans.”

Collins is in his fifth season at NDSU and has led the Bison to their most wins in the Division I era with a 22-11 overall record this season. NDSU won its most games in league play since joining the Summit League with a 13-3 mark before advancing to its first Summit League Tournament championship game in program history. Collins has also guided the Bison to back-to-back appearances in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) and the programs first WNIT win after topping Montana.

“I want to thank Matt Larsen, Colleen Heimstead, and President Cook for their support and belief in the direction of our program,” said Collins. “We are very confident the best is yet to come for NDSU women’s basketball. I am honored to continue to help lead our program to greater heights.”

Through five seasons at NDSU, Collins has amassed a 77-69 overall record and has guided the Bison to at least 18 wins in each of the last two seasons for the first time in the Division I era. His 77 wins are the second-most all-time in NDSU history behind Amy Ruley.

“His development of our student-athletes reaches well beyond the court as he supports their academic pursuits, personal development, and the positive impact they have on the NDSU and Fargo communities,” said Larsen.

Collins has helped develop 10 All-Summit League selections since arriving at NDSU, including Elle Evans, who is the first player in program history to be named to the All-Defensive Team and the first Summit League Freshman of the Year selection in program history in 2023.

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