Michelle Collins is in her third season as the head women's basketball coach at Hamilton College. Collins guided the Continentals to a 2014 NESCAC Championship quarterfinal appearance and they set a team record for most 3-pointers made in a season. She has coached one NESCAC all-conference selection and her players have earned six NESCAC winter all-academic team honors in two seasons. The team finished 2012-13 ranked 17th in NCAA Division III in fewest turnovers per game and 22nd in scoring defense under Collins.
Collins was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at Siena College for five seasons from 2007 to 2012. She had head coaching experience at SUNY Oswego for seven seasons prior to her second stint as an assistant at Division I Siena. She has also served as an assistant coach at Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.
Collins was responsible for the skill development of Siena's point guards. She had a hand in recruiting two all-conference players and one of the top 3-point shooters in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) history. Collins assisted with scouting and game and practice planning and implementation.
At Oswego, Collins led the program to heights it had never approached. She posted an overall record of 114-73 for a .610 winning percentage from 2000 to 2007. The Lakers won just five games in her first season but in 2003-04 the team recorded the first of four straight 20-win seasons and played in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate tournament.
Collins' 2004-05 Oswego team may have been her best. The Lakers set a program record with 24 wins, reached the championship game of the SUNYAC tournament and participated in the NCAA championship for the first time in team history.
In 2005-06, Collins guided Oswego to a 21-7 record, the team's first SUNYAC tournament title and a second straight NCAA bid. She was selected coach of the year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York following that season. In her final season with the Lakers, the team reached the conference tournament final for the third straight year and made the 2007 ECAC Upstate Tournament.
Collins coached a SUNYAC player of the year, two conference rookies of the year and eight different players to all-conference honors. Oswego posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or better for three consecutive seasons.
Collins enjoyed an outstanding career at Siena where she graduated with a degree in social work. The two-time all-conference pick and four-year letter winner still holds team records for most assists in a career (498) and a season (206), as well as steals in one season with 97. Collins is tied for the MAAC record with 5.69 assists per game.
Allie Lindemann is in her second season on the Hamilton College women's basketball coaching staff. Lindemann was the head girls' varsity coach at University High School in Urbana, Ill., from 2010 to 2013. She was also a volunteer assistant coach at Parkland Community College for two seasons.
Lindemann guided University HS to a 19-9 record in her first season and led the program to an all-time high for wins in a season with a 25-5 record in 2011-12. The team won three Illinois High School Association Class A tournament contests and played in a sectional championship game in 2012, and Lindemann was selected an Illinois Basketball Coaches Association district coach of the year.
Lindemann played at Division I Siena College for two seasons while Hamilton head coach Michelle Collins was on the Saints' coaching staff. Lindemann was given the team's Joe Hogan Award for desire, attitude and dedication in 2010. As a junior, she made 68 3-pointers and averaged 10.6 points in 28 starts. In Lindemann's final college campaign, she drained 68 shots from long range again and scored 11.2 points per game in 29 starts.
Lindemann began her college career at Kirkwood Community College where she was a two-time all-region pick and helped lead the team to a pair of National Junior College Athletic Association tournament appearances. In high school at Champaign Central, Lindemann was an Illinois all-state third team honoree in 2006, and she set a record for most points scored in a career by any player in the Champaign/Urbana area.
Lindemann earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Siena and received her master's degree from the University of Illinois in 2012.
Sarah Lombard is in her first season as an assistant on the Hamilton College women's basketball coaching staff. Lombard was the head coach at Bard College for four seasons from 2010 to 2014. Her players received three all-conference selections and a co-rookie of the year award.
Lombard was an assistant coach for two seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She helped guide the team to a pair of Liberty League championship appearances and a record of 35-18. RPI won the 2010 league title and advanced to the first round of the NCAA championship.
Lombard played at SUNY Oswego from 2004 to 2008. Hamilton head coach Michelle Collins coached her for three of those four seasons. Lombard made the SUNYAC all-conference team three times and the conference all-tournament team twice. She was selected to the 2005 D3hoops.com East Region all-region first team after she helped lead the Lakers to a 24-4 record and an NCAA championship appearance. During Lombard's career, Oswego won 20 or more games three times, made the NCAA and Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament two times apiece, and captured the 2006 SUNYAC Tournament title.
Lombard finished her career tied for eighth on the program's all-time list with 1,098 points. She is Oswego's career leader in field goal percentage at 51.9 percent and is in the career top 10 in rebounds and blocked shots. She received her degree in health and promotional wellness management.