ASCA Level 3
Coach Ed Collins is a former New York City Police Department First Grade
Detective, assigned for his first twelve years as a deep undercover
investigator in the Intelligence Division, and then several years as an
intelligence analyst and body guard, finishing his career as a lead
investigator in many high-profile investigations with the Manhattan
District Attorney’s squad.
Coach Collins graduated in 1965 from Rice High School, located in
Harlem, New York City, where he lettered in swimming four years. In 1965
Coach Ed worked as a New York City lifeguard, where he ran the morning
learn to swim program for the next four summers, and was eventually
promoted to the rank of Lieutenant/ Head Lifeguard. Swimmers from his
classes competed in annual City of New York Parks Department swim meets
earning top honors in the city championships.
September 1966, Coach Collins began coaching the Immaculate Conception
parish girls swim team. That spring the I.C.S. team won the Manhattan
championships, which they won every year until Coach Collins’ departure.
Coach Collins developed the team into the very successful Sandpiper Swim
Team under the Metropolitan A.A.U. During his tenure with the
Sandpipers, Coach Collins also served as Metropolitan Age Group and
Junior Olympic Chairman, and National Times Tabulator. Sandpipers
reached the ranks of Senior Metropolitan, New York State and Junior
Collins has been coaching swimming for fifty years, becoming a coach for
Swim Florida in 1992. He now is head coach of the Cape Aquatics division
of Swim Florida, working with swimmers at the facility, which recently
was named the Ed Collins Aquatic Center, located on the campus of Cape
Coral High School.
Collins coached Cape Coral High School, Mariner, and Bishop Verot before
starting the swim program at Oasis High School.