Article Highlights Dom Collier’s Impact During Denver Prep Academy’s Inaugural Season
At Denver Prep Academy, everyone works hard. From the players to the coaches to the teachers, everyone is out there giving it their all. That’s why, when someone’s hard work is recognized, we like to give them a shout-out. Today, that’s Dom Collier, one of our assistant coaches.
He was recently featured in an article by Justin Guerriro on CUSportsNation. The piece dove into Collier’s history as a player, his year as a coach at DPA, and the lessons he hopes to share with the players.
“I was happy to hear about the article,” said Head Coach Raymond Valdez, “I’ve known Dom for years—I coached him back at Denver East during his sophomore year and worked with him when he volunteered at our T2 Basketball Camps. Dom has been a real asset this year, demonstrating his commitment to the players day after day. He’s been great.”
As an assistant coach under Valdez, Mr. Collier has wide-ranging responsibilities. He helps lead practices, provides guidance during Grind Session games, and much more. Our players have really appreciated his coaching. As one of our players, Mikey Lewis Jr., said in the article:
“He always teaches us and it’s easy for us to learn from him because he always shows us what he wants us to do rather than just talk about it,” Lewis said. It definitely makes him helpful and really trustworthy. All of our coaches are, but especially “D.C.,” because he knows what it takes.”
Tad Boyle, Dom’s college coach, had further praise for Dom:
“It’s really, really important and valuable to those kids he’s working with because Dom has been there and done that,” Boyle said. “He was a terrific player in high school, a terrific player here at Colorado — he can give them advice, whether it’s recruiting, whether it’s getting in the gym and working out, whether it’s drills and hall-handling and shooting drills…I’m really proud of him.”
Helping Players Prepare for the Future
Of all the leadership at DPA, Dom Collier is the closest to our players’ experiences. Dom graduated high school in 2014 after winning CHSAA Class 5A state title (he also twice won Mr. Colorado Bsketball honors from the Denver Post). At CU Boulder, he was “both a starter and key reservist, capturing Pac-12 Co-Sixth Man of the Year honors as a senior with the Buffs in 2017-18 while earning a reputation as a sharpshooter from behind the three-point line.” He also played professionally in Germany after graduating in 2018.
He’s bringing all of that experience to bear at DPA as he shares his experiences and helps push players to the next level.
As he tells his players, “You’ve got the world in front of you — this is your choice. Work your ass off and when you look back four years from now, you’re going to be happy and proud that you didn’t give in and stop working.”