By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Today, we get to know Windham High School girls basketball head coach Jimie Collins, who is in his sixth season leading the Bombers’ program.
A: Windham, Ohio.
Q: High school?
A: Windham High School. Class of 1993. Played basketball and baseball.
Q: Current occupation?
Q: What inspired you to be a coach?
A: My former coaches and my children.
Q: What makes being a coach at Windham special to you?
A: It is my alma mater and the community.
Q: Who has been your biggest influence?
A: Coach Hill and Coach Ridenbaugh because of their love for the game.
Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your playing days?
A: I swapped shorts with a very large underclassman, and he played the whole game in my size small shorts.
Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your coaching career?
A: Half my varsity team put their shots on backwards and had no idea they had them on wrong.
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Game of Thrones.
Q: Favorite movie?
Q: Favorite musical artist?
A: Five Finger Death Punch.
Q: Favorite food or meal?
A: Cheeseburger and fries.
Q: Best vacation?
A: Hilton Head Island.
Q: Shoutout former teammates?
A: Jake Eye, Derek McGhee, Lester Reese, Tom Dyson.
Q: Favorite motto or quote?
A: “Practice harder than you play.” — Michael Jordan
Q: Favorite restaurant?
A: Outback Steakhouse.
Q: Favorite teacher from high school?
A: Mr. Tentler.
Q: Describe your coaching philosophy?
A: Play hard and fast. Be fundamentally sound.
Q: Advice you would give the younger version of yourself?
A: Patience for everything.
Q: Favorite coach from your playing days?
A: Coach Marty Hill.
Q: Coaching resume?
A: Garrettsville and Windham youth girls basketball (2000-2015); Windham Junior High girls basketball (2015-16 and 2016-17); Windham High School girls basketball (2017-present).
Q: Favorite sports team?
A: Ohio State Buckeyes.
Q: Favorite athlete then?
A: Michael Jordan.
Q: Favorite athlete now?
A: LeBron James.
Q: First job as a teenager?
A: Burger King.
Q: Family member that always gave you the best advice?
A: My mother and father.
Q: First car?
A: Plymouth Horizon.