Anna Biller Collier, who coached women's beach volleyball teams in a pair of Olympics, begins her first season at USC.
Collier, a USC graduate, led two U.S. teams to fifth place finishes at the Olympics: Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno in the 1996 Atlanta Games and Annette Davis and Jenny Johnson in the 2000 Sydney Games.
She has coached beach volleyball since 1990, most recently working with such standouts as Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Nicole Branagh, Rachel Wacholder and Angie Akers.
She is the head coach for the U.S. Senior A2 Beach National Team and works with the World University Games athletes. She coached U26 and U23 A2 U.S. squads at the 2010 Team FISU World University Championships in Turkey. She coached the U26 U.S. squads at the 2011 Team FISU World University Championships in China.
She will be attending the World University Championships in Brazil in 2012. On top of her duties, she is a USAV High Performance coach and a founder member of the USAV Beach Coaching Accreditation Program Cadre.
She is currently the chair of the kinesiology and athletics department at Santa Monica (Calif.) Junior College, where she has spent the past 30 years. She began as the women's cross country and track and field coach, winning three California State championships. She is also a member of the faculty, teaching a variety of courses there.
Collier played professionally on the beach for seven seasons between 1978 and 1989, posting 10 Top 10 finishes among her 20 tournament appearance (including a third at the 1979 San Clemente Open and a pair of ninth place finishes at the legendary Manhattan Beach Open in 1987 and 1988).
She attended USC, where as Anna Biller she was on the track and field, volleyball and swimming teams. She earned her degree in physical education from USC in 1977.