Matt Collins - Head Football Coach
Matt Collins is beginning his 6th season as the Head Football Coach at Hartnell College.
In 2010, the panthers had 11 players sign scholarships, including All-American LB Kiero Small, signing with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Look for Kiero Small to start at fullback for the Razorbacks, but rumor has it, that he will also see time at linebacker. There are several other Panthers to keep an eye on while flipping your channels. Mike Milovale, Monterey HS (2011 panther) is battling for a starting position for the University of Hawaii (opener vs. USC) and (2011 panther) Nick Nunes, North Salinas HS, will be playing for Middle Tennessee State ( Sun Belt Conference). In reflection, it is well known that Hartnell College has had many successful years of athletics, and in particular the football program is well known for its winning tradition. “It is an honor to hold the position of head football coach at a school whose reputation of success is known throughout the country. At this time, the football program has seen tremendous improvements in a variety of areas. With the recent groundbreaking efforts on the field house project, we will be close to the completion of an overall facelift in our athletic department. Our athletic programs have shown an improved attitude of work ethic and commitment and it is becoming infectious around campus. With the support of our athletic director, Danny Teresa, and a solid group of coaches/support staff, we will continue to develop our student athletes into productive members of our community.
It is our mission to mold our student athletes into responsible individuals and assist them to achieve a college education. Life is full of obstacles and adversities, and the game of football is full of similar challenges. As a coach, I have an opportunity to impress upon our players the importance of overcoming challenges they may be faced with while balancing their education, athletics, and other outside obstacles in everyday life”.
“We intend to prepare each week in efforts to beat our opponents. Through hard work and discipline our players will be up for the challenge. Thank you for supporting Hartnell Football and we look forward to seeing YOU………….Saturday nights at “The Pit”.