North Dakota State introduced its eleventh women's basketball coach in school history Tuesday afternoon as Jory Collins takes over the program after a seven week search to replace Maren Walseth.
Collins comes to Fargo after one year as an assistant at Kansas, prior to that he had great success at D-2 Emporia State as a head coach there for eight seasons.
He inherits a program that has not had a winning season since the 2010 season, a program that hasn't won a postseason game since 2009. It's as low as the program has ever been. Collins believes he can make this team a winner with what he calls "relentless effort."
Collins steps into a Summit League that's as good as it ever has been. Two teams from the league made the NCAA Tournament this year, with South Dakota State reaching the Sweet 16. Those teams don't seem to be dropping off anytime soon. The gap between them and the Bison is wide. It's Collins' job to shrink that gap and that starts with recruiting.
The Class of 2019 is pretty much wrapped up. NDSU has eleven players committed for next season, with three incoming freshmen. Collins told me there's a chance they could sign another player before the dead period begins on May 6th. If not, NDSU will go into next season with those eleven and he'll begin working on 2020.
If we have seen anything in this area, this is good local talent. NDSU needs to start winning those recruiting battles.