Meet Mike Collins .
Name: Mike Collins
Undergraduate Degree: University of West Florida – Parks Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management – 2004
Graduate Degree: Western Kentucky University – Sport Administration – 2006
Hometown: Fort Myers, Florida
Job: Associate Director
Working at FSU since: 2006
What was your first job?
My very first job was as the kid who picked up the range balls off the driving range at the local country club. It was a fun first job, and it gave me a chance to pick up some tips from the golf pro when they would give lessons to the members!
How did you get your start in Campus Recreation?
My first job was painting fields for the Intramural Program. That was the result of me constantly giving the officials a hard time during IM games. I was ejected from a game and the staff gave me the “if you can do better come and try officiating” line. I compromised with “how about I paint the fields.” A semester later I was a program assistant working an internship for credit…and I started my officiating career with flag football.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy yard work, golfing and fishing. I would much rather spend all my time outside. As the saying goes, “a bad day of golfing / fishing is better than a good day at work!”
Who do you admire and why?
It might sound cheesy but I truly admire the people I work and have worked with. I have really been blessed to be surrounded with some extremely talented people. My hope is that they have learned as much from me as I have from them.
What’s your favorite place to grab a meal in Tallahassee?
In Tallahassee, The Fisherman’s Wife. It’s the little dinner that has a heck of a grouper plate!
If I’m down at the coast then it’s Cooter Stew. It’s another small place with good burgers and really cold Coors Liii…sweet tea!
What do you do?
I currently serve as an Associate Director for the Department. I’m responsible for the Sports Portfolio that includes Intramural Sports, Sport Club, Athletic Training and Competitive Sports Facilities. Offering guidance to our Student Development programs is also a big portion of my position. In addition to my Campus Rec responsibilities, I’m also the Chair of the Tallahassee Sports Council which is a sub-committee of Visit Tallahassee.
What does an average day look like?
An average day…that’s a good one! It really depends on the current projects that are taking place. I’ll say this, having the ability to be flexible, manage my time, prioritize projects and literally juggle helps maintain productivity. Any time we can leave something better than we found it is a really great day!
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I get really excited when a plan or project comes together and the result is benefiting the students ability to develop into the best versions of themselves. Seeing the growth in the people we work with or participate in our services is quite special to me.
What advice would you give yourself in college?
Be patient…things will happen in time if you just keep working hard and pushing forward.