UW Adds Mark Collings to Coaching Staff
SEATTLE -- The University of Washington men's soccer program has added assistant coach Mark Collings to its staff, head coach Jamie Clark announced on Wednesday afternoon. Collings joins the Husky program after a successful 14 year run as the head coach at Seattle Pacific University.
"Mark is a huge addition to the Husky Men's Soccer program," Clark said. "He is a fantastic coach who really cares about the players he works with. He builds relationships and is someone that players respect and trust. Mark has a huge amount of experience in leading his own teams and has enjoyed a lot of successes along the way. He expects a lot out of the teams he works with and I know our guys will enjoy working with him."
Through the 2020 season, Collings directed Seattle Pacific to a 129-68-32 record, two Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships and a stretch of five consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament berths from 2011-15.
"I'm so excited to be joining Jamie and the Husky soccer program," Collings said. "The University of Washington is one of the top academic institutions in the country and Jamie has built a soccer program to match. To have the opportunity to learn from Jamie and the rest of the staff was something that I couldn't pass up. I can't wait to work with the talented group of student athletes that are on the roster."
Collings' coaching highlights include school-record streaks of 13 consecutive victories and 15 games unbeaten established in 2014 along with absorbing the fewest losses in a campaign with just one in 2015 (14-1-4).
Collings collected his third GNAC Coach of the Year award in 2015 (also 2010 & 2014) after directing SPU to a 14-1-4 record and the team's fifth straight NCAA Division II playoff berth. They won the GNAC championship with a 10-1-3 record and participated in the West Regional semifinal.
The 2014 season saw Collings honored as the conference Co-Coach of the Year and all 11 players in his starting lineup received all-league recognition, four more than any other team. He directed Seattle Pacific to a 16-2-2 record, including a school-record 13-game winning streak. They captured the school's first outright GNAC championship with a 12-1-1 mark.
Collings was named the 2010 GNAC Co-Coach of the Year after leading SPU to a 10-6-2 overall record and a second-place league mark of 7-2-1.
As a player, Collings played four seasons for Seattle Pacific (1995-98), with each team making the NCAA playoffs. He was a member and co-captain of the program's Final Four team in 1998.