Assistant Coach - Ricky Collins
Coach Collins served 35 years in the public schools of Tennessee. After beginning his coaching career in 1979 with a five year stint as assistant coach at Peabody High School, Collins became an assistant coach at Memphis Technical High School in 1984. He was hired as an assistant coach at Memphis Central High School in 1987 and a year later promoted to head coach. In 1993 to 2005, he was head coach at Pearl-Cohn High School; in 2005-2007, he was an assistant coach at Antioch High School; and in 2007-2013, he was head coach at Whites Creek High School.
His teams won several district and regional championships, advanced to four sub-state games and two state final fours. He also coached players such as Randy Carter (Memphis Central), Ron Slay and John Henderson (Pearl-Cohn) all of whom went on to play professionally.
He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin, B.S. degree in 1979, Trevecca Nazarene University, Master of Education in 1989. He is married to Andrea Collins and they have two children, Brian and Ashley.
Assistant Coach - Brandon Lockridge
Brandon comes to Columbia State from Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School in Nashville, TN, where he was the assistant boys coach from 2008-2012. Prior to coaching at MLK, he was the Director of Basketball Operations at Tennessee State University from 2007-2008.
He earned his Master's of Education from Tennessee State while serving as the graduate assistant from 2005-2007. During his playing days at Tennessee State from 2000-2004, he finished as the team co-captain and top 10 in 3 pointers made in school history.