Former MSU soccer standout Damon Rensing became the fifth head coach in Spartan history on January 1, 2009 after taking over for the legendary Joe Baum, who guided MSU for 32 seasons. The 2015 campaign is Rensing's seventh as head coach, after serving as an assistant coach for 10 seasons at his alma mater. In six years, Rensing has compiled an impressive 69-44-27 record (.589).
Rensing was named MSU's head coach designate on Aug. 14, 2008 after Baum decided to make 2008 his final season as head coach.
Rensing has spent nearly half his life in the Green and White with four years as varsity letterwinner, one season as an assistant with the women's program and 10 seasons in his previous position.
In his first six years as head coach, the Spartans have made five NCAA tournament campaigns, including a run to the Elite Eight in 2013 and 2014. The Spartans ended the 2014 season with a 12-5-6 record overall and were 4-2-2 in Big Ten action.
The 2013 season also saw Rensing named the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year, while Kevin Cope earned All-America honors and was eventually selected as the 25th pick in the MLS Super Draft. Fatai Alashe was selected as the fourth pick overall by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. His selection in the first round of the draft marks the highest-ever in school history, surpassing first-round pick Doug DeMartin in 2009.
In 2012, he guided MSU to its third Big Ten Tournament title in school history as the Spartans topped Michigan in overtime, 2-1.
Under Rensing's leadership, the Spartans have received 20 All-Big Ten and 14 NSCAA All-Region selections, in addition to nine players that were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
The Spartans' performance in the classroom during Rensing's tenure has been equally impressive. Over the last six years, MSU has received 60 Academic All-Big Ten selections and 27 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar selections.
During his 10 years as an assistant at Michigan State, Rensing helped lead the Spartans to the 2004 and 2008 Big Ten Tournament championships as well as the 2008 conference regular-season crown. Rensing was instrumental in helping the program to its first four trips to the NCAA Tournament (2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008) since 1969.
During his time as an assistant, Rensing tutored 15 different First Team All-Big Ten performers and nine different NSCAA-All Region honorees. Rensing also worked with three NSCAA All-America selections - Ryan McMahen (2005), Doug DeMartin (2008) and Jay Chapman (2014). Both McMahen (80 points, 26 goals) and DeMartin (85 points, 38 goals) rank in the MSU all-time top 10 in both points and goals.
Seven players Rensing has recruited and coached, including John Minagawa-Webster (2005), McMahen (2006), Kevin Reiman (2008), Rauwshan McKenzie (2008), DeMartin (2009), Cope (2013) and Alashe (2015) have been drafted by MLS teams.
Rensing began his coaching career in 1997 when he assisted with the MSU women's soccer team before moving to UNLV when former MSU women's assistant Staci Hendershott was appointed head coach of that program. While at UNLV, he helped that club to an overall record of 8-10-1 along with a No. 3 national ranking for first-year programs. In addition, he coached the Las Vegas Premier Soccer U-17 Team to a state championship.
After one year at UNLV, Rensing returned to East Lansing in 1999 where he became an assistant coach on Baum's staff. In 2004, Rensing was promoted to associate head coach following the 2004 season.
Rensing was a four-time letterwinner and three-year starter for MSU (1993-96). His senior year saw him capture All-Big Ten first-team recognition after picking up 14 points on five goals and four assists. He was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree as a sophomore and junior. During his four years, he played in 74 matches, 55 as a starter, totaling seven goals and 13 assists for 27 points.
Rensing earned his bachelor's degree from MSU in communication in 1997. He married the former Daune Koester in May 2004. The couple has two children, Anna and Drew.
Collins begins his first season at Michigan State in 2018. He comes to East Lansing after spending the 2017 season as a women's soccer assistant coach at Belmont.
The Glen Rock, Pennsylvania native brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program, having both played and coached collegiate soccer.
He recently completed his Masters of Art in Education and Coaching at Greenville University where he was also the graduate assistant coach for the men's soccer program. Prior to Greenville, Collins was a goalkeeper at Villanova (2009-10) and Penn State (2010-13) as well as playing on various club teams throughout his soccer career.