Sandy Augstein-Collins, a 1987 Russell Sage College graduate joined Sage as the Associate Athletic Director and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach in February of 2011. She was named the Director of Athletics in June of 2017 at The Sage Colleges. She assumed leadership of the department in early July 2017 following the departure of long-time Director of Athletics, Dani Drews, who resigned in June to accept a position within the department of athletics at SUNY-Brockport.
She will reprise her role as the head women's volleyball coach for the Fall of 2018 with the retirement of Robert Verhayden as head coach. This marks the third time she will lead the Gators on the hardwood.
Upon her appointment as Director of Athletics, Augstein-Collins said, "Sage has always been near and dear to my heart and I am thrilled to take on this new role and provide the necessary leadership going forward for our coaches and student-athletes."
Augstein-Collins takes over at an exciting time for Sage. The Gators announced the addition of two new varsity programs, field hockey and men's lacrosse and will be starting competition in the Empire 8 this fall. "It is certainly an exciting time for Sage Athletics with the addition of two new athletic programs and moving into a new conference," Augstein-Collins said. "I am looking forward to seeing the development of our new teams and the continued success of our teams in the Empire 8 Conference."
As an administrator, Augstein-Collins served as the department's Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), while also supervising Sage's academic support and leadership development programs. In addition, she has expanded her administrative skills, and continued her professional development, while pursuing her doctoral degree in Sport and Exercise Performance. In her six years with the Gators, she led her volleyball team to three regular-season conference titles and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2014.
In her time with the Gators, she has helped to re-establish Sage's women's volleyball program. In 2015, Augstein-Collins celebrated her 100 career Sage victory and the team won its third consecutive regular-season Skyline Conference title after collecting to regular-season crowns in 2013 and 2014.
In 2014, Augstein-Collins notched her 300th career victory and led the Gators to its first Skyline Conference Championship since 2008 and a return trip to the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Helen Putriment earned an AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention acclaim. Augstein-Collins was named the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year in 2012, a first for the 1987 Russell Sage alumna, who returned to her alma mater to lead the women’s volleyball program. Her 2012 team exceeded all pre-season expectations as the league’ coaches picked her team to finish fifth in the race for the league title. The Gators proceeded to finish second in the regular-season with an 8-1 record in Skyline Conference play. The team went 20-13 overall and collected a spot in the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Division III Volleyball Tournament as well, after advancing to the Skyline Conference semifinals.
In addition to her role with women's volleyball at Sage, Augstein-Collins also served as the head coach of the men's volleyball program for the 2013 season. She led the program to the 2013 ECAC Division III North Men's Volleyball Championship, the Skyline Conference Men's Volleyball Runner-up crown after a school-record 30-7 campaign. She capped the academic year with her second selection from the Skyline Conference as she too was named the 2013 Skyline Conference Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year.
The head coach for the women’s volleyball team at nearby Union College (Schenectady, NY), Augstein-Collins returned to Sage having produced 219 career victories at Union in her 11-year tenure, the most by any coach in the program's 35-year history.
Before taking over the Dutchwomen's program, Coach Augstein-Collins spent the 1998 and 1999 seasons as the head volleyball and head softball coach at Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. During the 1996 and 1997 volleyball seasons, Augstein-Collins was the head volleyball coach at Russell Sage College. Previous to the 1995 season at Union, she coached at the high school level, heading up a successful program at Bethlehem Central, where she also taught physical education for 10 years.
Coach Augstein-Collins is an active volleyball clinician, directing The Sage Colleges' Volleyball Camp and coaching at numerous volleyball camps throughout the Eastern United States. She has completed Level II in the U.S.A. Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program. She is also an A.C.E. certified personal trainer, a nationally certified kickboxing instructor, and an expert in Title IX issues and women's participation in sports.
She received her B.S. in physical education from Russell Sage College in 1987, where she also played intercollegiate volleyball. She received her Master of Physical Education with a concentration in teaching and administration from Springfield College in 1997. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in sports psychology from the University of the Rockies. Augstein-Collins was inducted into the Russell Sage Athletics Hall of Fame on October 14, 2006.