Shelly (Chilcoat) Collins begins her second year as assistant women's golf coach at the University of New Mexico. Collins joined the UNM staff in the summer of 2007 and brings more than 15 years of proven golf experience to the position. She is married to former UNM's men's golfer Wil Collins.
With the addition of Collins, UNM has added an excellent teacher, and an individual with great leadership and organizational skills that enables the Lobos to continue competing at the national level.
"The very first person I had in mind for the position was Shelly," said head coach Jill Trujillo. "She has extensive knowledge of the game and is an incredible fund-raiser. Shelly is a big factor in getting our women's golf program where we want it to be. Her charisma and true love of the game is exactly what we need and I couldn't be happier with the choice."
It was a good first season for Collins and the Lobos as New Mexico captured the 2008 Mountain West Conference championship on its home course. Sophomore Jodi Ewart won the individual title to complete the Lobo sweep.
UNM also won the 2008 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational title in Austin, Texas, beating No. 5 Florida and No. 6 Arkansas in the process. It was New Mexico's first win at the Longhorn Invitational in 18 attempts.
The Lobos advanced to NCAA regional competition for the 16th straight season, just missing a trip to the championships.
Collins came to UNM after serving as the membership and marketing director at Four Hills Country Club in Albuquerque since January of 2006.
During her time at Four Hills, Collins was responsible for recruiting new members, developing a marketing plan, networking, coordinating corporate outings, event sales and serving as a golf shop buyer and merchandiser.
Prior to Four Hills, Collins spent 11 years at Tanoan Country Club in Albuquerque as the manager of the pro shop. Collins' responsibilities included overall management of the pro shop, maintaining budgets, merchandising, golf instruction and coordination of corporate outings.
Collins completed the apprentice and Class B portions of the LPGA program while at Tanoan. She also developed a summer golf program for over 200 youth and directed numerous nationwide Women in Golf Day outings.
Collins' first coaching position came in September of 2004 when she was named the head girl's golf coach at Academy High School in Albuquerque. Collins held the position for the 2004-05 academic year, mentoring Laura Wolfe to the 2005 New Mexico state high school championship.
Collins' playing career (then Shelly Chilcoat) at UNM extended from 1990-94 and was highlighted by two all-Western Athletic Conference honors. She earned all-conference recognition in 1992 and 1993 after back-to-back stellar campaigns.
Collins excelled in the classroom and was named an Academic All-American from 1993-94. She was also recognized as Academic All-WAC three times from 1992-94.