Aug. 14, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh announced Tuesday that Collins Daye has been hired as the new head coach of the Bulldog equestrian program.
Daye, a native of Southern California, becomes the fourth head coach in the history of the program and officially fills the vacancy created when Dr. Rebecca Malmo resigned in 2010 to take a position with the Fresno County Office of Education.
"We are delighted to welcome Collins Daye into the Fresno State family and to lead our equestrian program," said Fresno State Associate Athletics Director John Kriebs. "Collins comes highly recommended and is well equipped for the task ahead, her ties with the West Coast will be beneficial in her success as well as her commitment to the student athletes values here at Fresno State"
Daye, who rode collegiately at Georgia from 2001-03, led the Bulldogs to back-to-back Huntseat team national championships and the 2003 overall team national championship. Additionally, she won the 2003 national individual championship and earned the 2002 reserve national individual championship.
She then joined the Georgia coaching staff for two seasons, where she continued to excel in helping UGA win the 2004 Huntseat and overall national championships and the 2005 Huntseat and overall reserve national championships.
While at Georgia, Daye worked as a member of the NCAA National Varsity Steering Committee and chaired of the Varsity National Championship Committee.
In 2005, she left Georgia to be a professional horse trainer in South Carolina, where she led students to compete on the USEF "A" national level, and later consulted with the University of South Carolina - Aiken in the development of their IHSA team. She coached the South Carolina IHSA Equestrian Team in 2008-09.
"I'm excited to be a Bulldog again, but this time at Fresno State," Daye said. "I'll focus on continuing the strong foundation that is in place and know that our team dynamics will be critical in building a championship team. It is a great opportunity to be a part of this program, and I look forward to getting out in the community and educating people about our sport."
Daye is a life member of the United States Equestrian Federation, the Georgia Hunter Jumper Association and American Quarter Horse Association. She is also a member of the South Carolina Hunter Jumper Association and Progressive Hunter Jumper Association.
Daye has received two bachelor's degrees - Business Administration (Georgia, 2004) and Nursing Science (South Carolina, 2011).
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