North Dakota St. women's hoops hires former KU assistant, ESU head coach Jory Collins

Courtesy of North Dakota State Athletics

(WIBW) - Former Emporia State women's basketball head coach Jory Collins didn't have to wait too long to get another head coaching shot.

The former leader of the Lady Hornets is now the head coach at North Dakota State, the program announced Monday. This comes after Collins spent a season at Kansas as an assistant under his former boss at ESU: KU head coach Brandon Schneider.

"It's an honor to be named the head women's basketball coach at North Dakota State University," Collins said in a release. "From the moment I stepped on campus I could sense a togetherness throughout the athletic department. It's an environment that fits my personality. The administration's support for the student-athletes is special."

Before his single year at KU, Collins led Emporia State for eight seasons. In that time, he went 199-56 while winning five straight MIAA Tournament titles.Collins also made a Final Four in 2015.

"Jory Collins rose to the top of a very competitive and deep pool of candidates to be the next head women's basketball coach at NDSU," North Dakota State athletics director Matt Larsen said. "Not only am I excited about his past experiences as both a head coach and a high-level assistant, but his passion and template for success are undeniable. I look forward to welcoming Jory, his wife Casey and their two sons, Jett and Jude, to the Bison family."

Prior to leading ESU, Collins helped the team win a national championship as an assistant in 2010, as well as back-to-back MIAA titles in 2008 and 2009. The Emporia State alumnus was the team's primary recruiter.

He may have his work cut out for him with the Bison. The program has just 80 wins over the past nine seasons, with four straight single-win campaigns. NDSU hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 2004, but was a successful program under Women's Basketball Hall of Fame coach Amy Ruley in the 1980's and 1990's.

"Women's basketball at North Dakota State has a tremendous history and championship tradition," Collins said. "You always want to be at a place where the expectations are as high as your own. I'm so excited for the opportunity to help return NDSU women's basketball to the status the fan base deserves."