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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, 8:52 p.m.
 

Seton Hill has found a football coach for its first season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Isaac Collins, who led Widener to an 11-1 record and a No. 15 ranking in the American Football Coaches' Association NCAA Division III poll in 2012, was named Wednesday to lead Division II Seton Hill, which leaves the West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference next year for the PSAC.

He succeeds Joel Dolinski, who was fired after four consecutive losing seasons, including 0-11 in 2012.

“Isaac commands respect when he comes in the room. He means business,” Seton Hill athletic director Chris Snyder said.

In three seasons at Widener, Collins compiled a record of 25-8.

Collins, a native of Geneva, N.Y., played running back at Division III Rochester, serving as team captain in 1993. He began his college coaching career in 1994 as an assistant at Division III Hobart before moving on to Division I FCS Columbia in 1998. He also spent time at the Division I FCS level at The Citadel, Lehigh, Delaware and Holy Cross, where he served as associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Collins also participated in the NFL Minority Fellowship Program as an assistant secondary coach with the Giants in 1999 and Eagles in 2001.

“Where Isaac stands out first is his head coaching experience at Widener,” said Snyder, who estimated that he received at least 140 applications. “Widener was down on its luck, and he brought them back. He's got a great background and great recruiting experience.”

Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at dmackall@tribweb.com.

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