Men's Basketball Adds Authier to Staff

CORPUS CHRISTI -

Head Men's Basketball Coach Willis Wilson today announced the hiring of Collin Authier as the program's Assistant to the Head Coach. Authier joins the Islanders after spending the last three years with Augustana College in South Dakota.

"Collin is an enthusiastic young man who will bring great energy to our program," Wilson said. "Having him in this new position will help Texas A&M - Corpus Christi basketball rise to the next level of college basketball."

In his duties as the Assistant to the Head Coach, Authier will be responsible for the majority of the administrative tasks surrounding the program, including team travel. He will also be in charge of team camps in his role.

At Augustana, Authier served as a graduate assistant coach for his final two seasons, as he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Augustana while serving with the coaching staff. In his final season, he helped the Division II school to a record of 18-9 overall and 15-7 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The 2009-10 team posted 24 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Before coming to Augustana, Authier attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 2006 to 2008, where he also worked as a student assistant for the men's basketball program. Authier assisted in all aspects of the basketball program, which included practice, player development, scouting, game preparation, film exchange and recruiting.

Authier worked with a staff at UWS that produced the top recruiting class in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after his first year as an assistant. With his help, the team saw a seven-win improvement in two years, which included a run to the semi-finals of the WIAC tournament. Authier also helped coach a D3 News Top 10 freshman in the nation and two All-WIAC players.