Starting his third lacrosse program in the last 10 years, A.J. Collier built the foundation for many years to come in 2011 as Judson University fielded their first-ever men's lacrosse team. Collier guided Judson to their first-ever win on April 9th, 18-1, over Cornell (Iowa) College. His 2011 team competed strongly in every match and gained respect for their effort as a new program.
Collier was hired by Judson University Director of Athletics on November 29, 2009, to start and build the new program. He is no stranger to starting programs and turning them into strong programs as he has down with both St. Viator High School and William Fremd High School's club teams. He brings to Judson several years of coaching and playing experience that will help generate a strong program.
Prior to taking the position at Judson, he spent the past eight years as the general manager for the Saint Viator High School lacrosse club program. He started the program from beginning in 2001 and has built it to the point of having a varsity, JV, and freshman team.
His first program he started was the William Fremd High School program in 1996-97. Prior to that, he was the club president and played defense and long stick midfield for the Fox Valley Men's Post Collegiate Club in Huntley, Ill., four four-years.
His lacrosse coaching experiences has also taken him to the Lacrosse America Program. He is currently the coach for Lacrosse America in Chicago which is a youth feeder program for players going into high school. Along the lines of ministry, he has been a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes lacrosse program, too.
In college, he was a three-year starter for the Northern Illinois Lacrosse Club team from 1992-95. He played on the defense and long stick midfield.
Professionally, he has helped both of the professional lacrosse teams in Chicago. From 2006-08 he was the penalty box operator and time out coordinator for the Chicago Shamrox. For the past four years, he has been the time out coordinator and field manager for the Chicago Machine.
He currently works for the Bartlett Park District as their Health and Fitness Manager. He has been there since 2002 and has been named the IPRA (Illinois Parks and Rec Association) Fitness Manager of the Year (2006) and the IPRA Professional of the Year (2009).
He is a 1995 graduate of Northern Illinois University.