The University of Maryland Eastern Shore got an all-around standout performance from Senior Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) and what head coach Bobby Collins called "a total game" from his squad on Saturday in a 92-69 win against visiting South Carolina State.
Senior Bakari Copeland (Decatur, Georgia) poured in 21 points -- including 14 in the second half -- and grabbed four rebounds as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (0-1) dropped a close season opener at George Washington 75-71.
Bobby Collins will be entering his fourth season as the head coach at Maryland Eastern Shore. He was named the head coach of the Hawks on April 8, 2014. In his first season, the Hawks concluded their year with an 18-15 overall record, the most wins by a Shore men's basketball team in 41 years. Though they suffered through a first-round exit in the College Insider Tournament (CIT), the Hawks still managed to earn a postseason berth for the first time since 1981.
The winning mark was the first above .500 record for an Eastern Shore team since the 1993-94 season, while the third-place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is the best since that same year. The incredible turnaround year also saw widespread recognition of the accomplishments in Princess Anne with Collins winning MEAC Coach of the Year, as well as freshman Ryan Andino winning MEAC Rookie of the Year. Michael Myers also earned numerous awards, including Riley Wallace Player of the Year. Collins was named 2015 Ben Jobe Coach of the Year.
In his second season at the helm of the Hawks, he again won double-digit games and produced a First-Team All-MEAC player in Dominique Elliott who was named to two All-American lists. His recruit, Dontae Caldwell, earned All-Rookie honors from the conference as well.
During the 2016-17 season, the Hawks finished 14-27 including 9-7 in MEAC play and won a second game in the MEAC Tournament in Norfolk, Virginia for the first time since the 1973-74 season. Senior Bakari Copeland was named First-Team All-MEAC.
Collins spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southern Pines, N.C., native accepted the job in 2006 and led the Rams to a 115-110 overall record.
He was at the helm when WSSU made the transition into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) before the 2007 season and guided the Rams to 32 wins during that time, including a pair of 12 win seasons. In his first season, he was saddled with the duty of coaching the Rams as a Division I independent school and led the team to a 4-20 record.
It was the 2010-14 seasons that distinguished Collins as a premier head coach, where he went 79-35 after Winston-Salem State moved back to Division II. Those seasons saw him win at least 10 games in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) each year and his teams made three appearances in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament during the span including a CIAA Southern Division Championship in 2010-12 and Tournament title in 2011-12.
His best season with the Rams was during the 2012-13 season as the team went 21-7 overall with a 13-3 record in the CIAA. That year, WSSU was ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation and earned a second-seed in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Previous to his job with Winston-Salem State, Collins was a member of the Hampton University men's basketball program for 11 seasons. Collins' first year in 1995 was also the same season that HU made the transition into the Division I ranks.
He concluded his career with Hampton with a 65-57 mark and 45-27 record in the MEAC. In his last year with Hampton (2005-06), Collins led HU to its third MEAC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Pirates fell to Monmouth in the opening-round game to conclude the year with a 16-win season.
Collins led Hampton to 30 wins over the previous two seasons, including a 17-13 mark in 2005. That season he was named MEAC Coach of the Year after leading the squad to a 13-5 record in MEAC play.
Collins accepted his first-ever head coaching position prior to the 2002-03 season at Hampton. That year he guided the Pirates to within six points of their third consecutive MEAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. He led the Pirates to a 19-11 record that year to become the winningest first-year head coach in the history of the program.
He was also assistant coach at Hampton from 1995-2002 and was on the bench for the Pirates' 2001 NCAA Tournament First-Round upset of second-seeded Iowa State. The victory was the fourth 15-seed victory over a 2-seed in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
Collins has a career record of 205-226 as a head coach over 14 season at NCAA Division I & II programs.
A 1991 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Collins was a four-year starter on the men's basketball team where he was named to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) All-Freshman Team and Honorable Mention All-OVC as a senior. Following his graduation from EKU, Collins played professional basketball in Finland, where he earned MVP honors overseas in the Helsinki Classic Tournament in 1991.
The son of two non-denominational ministers, Collins is the youngest of 10 siblings. He graduated from Pinecrest High School and guided his men's basketball squad to a 38-9 record over his junior and senior seasons. In 1984, he earned All-State honors and was named Conference Player of the Year.