Porter Collins ’98
Year Inducted: 2009
An athlete who has had success at the collegiate, national, and international levels, Porter Collins ’98 enjoyed an extraordinary career, both during his time at Brown and following his graduation. Collins made an immediate impact during his freshman season in 1994, helping the Bears to an undefeated dual season. His freshman eight won the Triple Crown of rowing, sweeping the Eastern Sprints, IRA Championships, and taking the Thames Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. Despite their lack of experience, the boat also accomplished a remarkable feat by beating the times of every opposing crew that the varsity raced that season as well.
Collins and Brown didn’t slow down the following year, as he earned a seat in the Varsity 8, and helped the Bears to an IRA National Championship, rowing in what is considered to be one of the finest crews in Brown history. That summer, Collins continued his individual success by making the U.S. National Team, and won a world championship in the coxed four. He then made the decision to take a year away from Brown to train for the 1996 Olympics. In Atlanta, Collins earned a seat in the priority boat, the eight, and made the Grand Finals before ultimately finishing fifth.
Upon his return to Brown, Collins again helped the Bears place among the elite teams in the country, as the varsity notched a 4-1 record in dual meets and took second at the IRA National Championship. In 1998, Collins was voted a team captain, and kept Brown competitive despite losing eleven oarsmen from the previous season. The Bears recorded another winning season in dual meets, with a 3-2 record, and pulled together at Eastern Sprints, winning the Petite Finals.
Following his graduation in 1998, Collins continued rowing at the international level, competing with the U.S. National Team until 2000, and helping to return the United States to prominence at the elite level. In both 1998 and 1999 the U.S. eight, including Collins, won the world championship, giving Collins three in his career, the most ever for a Brown oarsman. He then went on to race at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where the eight again took fifth.
While training for the Olympics in Princeton, NJ, Collins also began working at Goldman Sachs. At the conclusion of his rowing career, he moved to New York City, where he worked for a hedge fund until 2004. Working with three partners, Collins founded FontPoint Partners, which was sold to Morgan Stanley in 2007 where he currently works. Collins resides in New York with his wife Lauren and son Porter.