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TSU Basketball hosts successful All-Star Celebrity game, more than 4,000 fans in attendance

 (TSU News Service) – To see all-star celebrities like former NBA player Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway, former WNBA player Dawn Evans and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a TSU alum who spent 12 seasons in the NFL, gear up in TSU apparel to support the university was a priceless moment for many fans in attendance.

Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway, Memphis Tiger coach and former NBA player fist bumps another player during the D2W All-Star celebrity game. (Photo by Logan Duncan)

Tennessee State University Basketball hosted the Deserve To Win All-Star Celebrity Weekend on June 25 at the Gentry Center Complex. The event benefited TSU basketball and brought out more than 4,000 attendees.

“You can’t even put a price tag on what that means for our program moving forward,” said Brian “Penny” Collins, head coach of the TSU men’s basketball program. “I was just proud.”

Hardaway, who is currently University of Memphis Tigers basketball coach, said the experience of participating in the all-star game was great because the ultimate win is the university and the men and women’s basketball program.

“To come down and support … to help an HBCU, that’s beautiful,” Hardaway said, noting that he will be back for next year’s celebrity game as well.

“I am going to make time to come back because I want to be able to support TSU.”

Local celebrities, professional athletes, musicians, politicians, and TSU alums were in the building cheering on their favorite athletes who played on teams “Music City” vs “Team 615.

Team 615 won the game in overtime with a final score of 115-113.

Jordan Bone, professional basketball player dunks during the celebrity game in Gentry Complex. (Photo by Logan Duncan)

As fans swarmed the basketball court after the game to grab photos and autographs from the All-stars, Collins said he looks forward to receiving the same support and energy for the upcoming TSU basketball season.

Brian “Penny” Collins, head coach of TSU men’s basketball program speaks with local News 4 about the event. (Photo by Logan Duncan)

Here’s a list of the All-Star participates and celebrity coaches:

Team 615

  • Jordan Bone
  • Patrick Miller
  • Le’Jzae Davison
  • Judge Rachel Bell Auburn
  • Christian Mekowulu
  • Josh Malone
  • Domonique Rodgers Cromartie
  • Lachavious Simmons
  • Dontae’ Jones

Celebrity Coaches: Dubba-AA and Josh Cooperwood Sr.

Team Music City:

  • Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway
  • Dawn Evans
  • A.J Merriweather
  • Jauan Jennings
  • Whitney MeiHwa
  • Ian Clark
  • D.J Wootson
  • Starlito
  • James Shaw
  • Jacob Phillips
  • Shaq Mason
  • MyCole Pruitt

Celebrity Coaches: Meghan Triplett and Robert Higgins

Josh Malone NFL wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans and NFL linebacker for the Cleveland Browns Jacob Phillips square off during the all star game. (Photo by Aaron Grayson)

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TSU names Brian ‘Penny’ Collins new men’s basketball coach

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University President Dr. Glenda Glover and Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips announced on Monday the hiring of Brian “Penny” Collins as the head coach of the TSU men’s basketball program.

New TSU men’s basketball coach Brian ‘Penny’ Collins with (l-r) TSU Athletics Director Teresa Phillips, wife Lakeya Collins, and TSU President Glenda Glover. (photo by John Cross, TSU Media Relations)

A proven winner as a coach and player, Collins is the 18th head coach in the program’s history. The Nashville native returns to his hometown for his first Division I head coaching position at the age of 34.

“It means the world to me to be the head coach at TSU,” said Collins. “Once I decided to get into the business, my eyes were always set on this job. To have the opportunity to not only unite an institution, but also a city where I grew up in, is priceless. This is truly a dream come true that I will not take for granted.”

A former member of TSU’s coaching staff, Collins spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at Illinois State under Dan Muller. In his lone season in Normal, Ill., Collins helped propel the Redbirds to an 18-15 record and a berth in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Game. Collins’ teams have played in their conference’s championship game in each of the past five seasons.

He served as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons in a span when the Buccaneers went 51-20. During his time in Johnson City, Tenn., Collins got his first taste of the NCAA Tournament from a coaching perspective when the Bucs won the Southern Conference Tournament Championship in 2017 – earning a 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

A former standout during his playing career at Belmont, Collins got his start in the coaching industry as a graduate assistant at TSU under then-head coach Cy Alexander during the 2007-08 season. He became TSU’s director of basketball operations in 2008-09.

Collins moved on to work as the assistant coach at Cumberland University (NAIA) in Lebanon, Tenn. for three seasons.

Men’s basketball head coach Brian ‘Penny’ Collins talks to media after being officially introduced. (photo by Lucas Johnson, TSU Media Relations)

In his first head coaching experience, Collins led Columbia State, a community college in Columbia, Tenn., from 2012-15. His tenure at Columbia State was highlighted by back-to-back NJCAA National Tournament appearances, including runs to the Elite Eight in 2014 and the Sweet 16 in 2015. Collins was named 2014 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Coach of the Year and 2015 NJCAA District 7 Coach of the Year after winning the Region 7 Championship.

Collins, who played his high school basketball at nearby Whites Creek, starred at Belmont for Rick Byrd. Then a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, Collins served as a co-captain for the Bruins in their first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance during his senior year in 2006. Collins, who was a four-year starter, scored 1,199 career points and graduated as Belmont’s all-time leader for assists and steals in the Division I era.

He played professionally for the Kouvot Bears in Finland and the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

“We welcome Coach Brian Collins to take the helm, and take us to the next level,” said TSU President Glenda Glover.

“Coach Collins returns to make his mark on the program, bringing experience and hometown knowledge, all of which will help with recruiting local talent and getting TSU to post season play. This is a great day for TSU Athletics and the TSU family, and our fans deserve it.”

Collins graduated from Belmont in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He went on to earn his master’s degree in sports administration from TSU in 2009.

“I am extremely pleased to have one of our own as our new head men’s basketball coach,” said Phillips. “Coach Collins will bring fresh enthusiasm to our program as well as an energy to the Gentry Center that is much needed. He is a thinker, leader, motivator and competitor – all attributes that lend well to success in this business. He is here to build champions and win championships.”

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3500 John Merritt Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

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With more than 8,000 students, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering 38 bachelor’s degree programs, 25 master’s degree programs and seven doctoral degrees. TSU has earned a top 20 ranking for Historically Black Colleges and Universities according to U.S. News and World Report, and rated as one of the top universities in the country by Washington Monthly for social mobility, research and community service. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University celebrated 100 years in Nashville during 2012. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.