Collins appears to be better off, inheriting a team with plenty of underclassmen following Winn, who won 237 games during her 11-year tenure.
In 2003, UC earned three consecutive bids to the Division II NCAA Tournament, including a spot in the Elite Eight in 2005.
The Golden Eagles finished ninth in the conference last season before Winn resigned to pursue other interests.
While his situation looks more appealing on paper, Collins won't have 2011-12 All-Conference first-team star Erika Rousculp - who would have been a junior - or guard Lauren Davis - who was a key part of UC's backcourt rotation.
The pair combined for almost 25 points and 17 rebounds per game.
Collins will lean heavily on guard Chrissy Keir, last year's third-leading scorer.
And, they'll be doing things a little differently at UC. The style of play will involve wholesale substitutions, pressure defense and a run-and-gun style similar to that which was implemented at Glenville State by Coach Bunky Harkleroad.
Harkleroad's Pioneers led Division II in scoring with 94.3 points last season, while Collins' Texas-Permian Basin squad was 17th at 74.9. The Falcons were 16th in 3-point field goals per game at 7.6. During the 2010-11 season, Permian Basin was second in the nation in scoring behind Glenville.
The new look of the Golden Eagles will be unveiled at 6 p.m. Saturday against Slippery Rock at Eddie King Gym.
"We'll substitute, but not quite as often as Glenville does," said Collins, referring to Harkleroad's propensity to substitute four and five players at a time about every minute.
"We'll substitute every couple of minutes."
Collins said he wants to continue what Winn built on at the University of Charleston, it doesn't compare to what he dealt with when he took over at Permian Basin. The Falcons had won two games the two seasons - 0-25 in 2006-07 and 2-25 in 2007-08.
"I have the utmost respect for Coach Winn," Collins said. "I've kind of built something at UTPB and I would like to think somebody comes there and say, 'We'll try to keep it where Coach Collins had it,' and I feel the same about Charleston.
"I look forward to continuing what she built. That's Coach Winn's program and her mark will be there forever."
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