Collin Crane was named Director of Athletic Performance for Men’s Basketball at The University of Georgia in 2022. He has made an immediate impact by increasing the program’s player availability rating, which is a common metric used to determine the overall health and performance of the student-athletes.
Crane has 11 years of experience in collegiate strength and conditioning, including previous stints within the SEC at Mississippi State and Florida. During that span, teams with Crane on their strength and conditioning staff earned postseason bids in seven of ten possible years and averaged 22.8 wins per season.
Crane spent five seasons at Mississippi State, helping the Bulldogs earn postseason bids each year possible. State reached the NIT semifinals in 2018, secured an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, finished as NIT runner-up in 2021 and also appeared in the 2022 NIT. In addition, the Bulldogs were a lock for a postseason invitation in 2020 when they were an NCAA bubble team before the tournament. Three Mississippi State players during Crane’s tenure were on NBA rosters during the 2021-22 season – Reggie Perry (Portland Trail Blazers), Quinndary Weatherspoon (Golden State Warriors) and Robert Woodard II (San Antonio Spurs).
Crane was one of the first strength coaches to partner with Mississippi State’s Athlete Engineering Program. The multidisciplinary research collaboration between the university’s academic and athletic departments explores human performance, processes, and analysis. Since the initiative started, Crane has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed studies on various topics which include force plate analysis, wearable technology, and basketball shoe taxonomy.
Crane is a certified specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).