LaTanya Collins Named Harford Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Harford Community College Athletic Director Estevan Vasquez announced on Monday that LaTanya Collins has been named the new head coach of women’s basketball. She will begin her duties immediately.

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead the Harford women’s basketball program to new heights in the years to come,” said Collins. “It’s a great day to be a Fighting Owl!”

Collins returns to the state of Maryland after spending the past two seasons with Motlow State, compiling a 27-32 record with Lady Bucks. Last season, she led Motlow to a 19-12 record and a second place finish in the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII regular season standings. Four players were awarded All-Conference honors in her two-year stint, including 2019 NJCAA All-American and TCCAA Co-Most Valuable Player of the Year Janna Lewis.

“We are excited bring LaTanya into the fold here at Harford” said Vasquez. “Her vast experience at the four-year, junior college and high school levels of basketball are a testament to the credibility she brings to this position. I look forward to seeing what LaTanya can accomplish while at Harford.”

Prior to Motlow, Collins spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach at Coppin State University in Baltimore. Under first year head coach DeWayne Burroughs, she helped guide the Eagles to the No. 6 seed in the MEAC Basketball Tournament with an 8-8 conference record.

Before Coppin State, Collins spent two years as an assistant to the head coach/director of student-athlete development at Virginia Tech University from 2014-16.

Collins also spent time as the women’s basketball coach at Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond, Virginia (2013-14) and Atlee High School in Hanover, Virginia (2011-13). She served as an assistant coach at Radford University (2009-10) assisting with recruiting, coaching post and guard players, and supervising camps.

She guided the women’s basketball program at Southern Vermont College in 2005-06, and at St. Augustine’s University in 2006-07. After inheriting a squad at St. Augustine’s that had finished 6-22 the previous season, she helped turn the program around by winning 18 games the next season.

Collins has also served as an assistant at Marist College and her alma mater, Virginia State.

Collins earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia State University in 2000 and her master’s degree in exercise science in 2015 from California University of Pennsylvania.