Matt Collins
Matt Collins
Title: Head Coach - 16th Year
Phone: (831) 770-6122


 Head Football Coach Matt Collins - Entering his 16th Season at Hartnell College

Reflecting on the 2021 season, the Hartnell Panthers roster had dwindled down to 28 tough & competitive young men. The breaks didn’t go their way, and they dropped the last 3 scheduled games on the final play. They finished with an overall mark of 4-6, leaving them 1 win away from a 10th season in a row with a winning record. During that clip, the Panthers played in 4 straight California Community College Football Bowl Championship games, and a total of 6 in the past decade, Hartnell has won 4 Conference titles, 2 Division titles, and have participated in 6 bowl games. In 2015, Hartnell finished with a 10-1 record (5-1 in conference play). The Panthers advanced to the Living Breath Foundation Bowl and beat Contra Costa College by the score of 41-28. After completing back to back 9-2 records in 2013 and 2014, the Panthers 9 year total is now a combined record of 68-28.  In addition, the Panthers have won 4 conference championships between the 2011-2014 seasons, rewriting most all of the individual and team records held at the college. This is a huge milestone for the football program in this modern era. 

There have been 160+ players that have earned some form of a scholarship to a University during Collins’ tenure. Coach Collins has placed high emphasis on education, and he works diligently at helping his student athletes reach their educational and athletic goals through use of the academic support system that is in place at Hartnell College. The athletic department has 2 counselors assigned to assist all student athletes, ensuring degree completion through structured educational plans.

It is well known that Hartnell College has had many successful years of athletics, and in particular, the football program is well known for its winning tradition.  “It is an honor to hold the position of Head Football coach at a school whose reputation of success is known throughout the country.  Our athletic programs have shown an improved attitude of work ethic and commitment and it has becoming infectious around the Hartnell campus.  With the support of our athletic director Danny Teresa, the fundraising efforts of our colleges’ foundation personnel, leadership from newly hired President/Superintendent Michael Gutierrez, and a solid group of coaches/support staff, we will continue to develop our student athletes into productive members of our community. It is our mission to mold our student athletes into responsible, accountable individuals and assist them to achieve a college education.  Life is full of obstacles and adversities, and the game of football is full of similar challenges.  As a coach, I have an opportunity to impress upon our players the importance of overcoming challenges they may be faced with while balancing their education, athletics, and other outside obstacles in everyday life”.


Season Overall Conference Bowl Game
2021 4-6 1-3  
2019 7-3 4-2  
2018 8-3 4-2 Living Breath Bowl (L)
2017 5-5 4-2  
2016 6-5 4-2 Stadium 76 Bowl (L)
2015 10-1 5-1 Living Breath Foundation Bowl (W)
2014 9-2 5-1 Co-Conference Champions  Living Breath Foundation Bowl (L)
2013 9-2 5-0 Conference Champions Living Breath Foundation Bowl (W)
2012 6-4 4-1 Co-Conference Champions  
2011 8-3 4-1 Co-Conference/Division Champions  Living Breath Foundation Bowl (W)
2010 2-8    
2009 5-5 4-1 Co-Conference Champs  
2008 2-8    
2007 1-9