Growing up in Glocester as the middle child of Walter and the late Barbara Brown, Kristen Brown Collins began her athletic career participating in the town's recreational programs. Her love for sports first began as a player on various teams and increased while refereeing and coaching in those same programs, and Kristen soon became a role model for young girls throughout the community
As a Chieftain, Kristen was a dominating presence on the field, court and diamond. Earning first team all-state honors as a senior, she ended her soccer career when she stopped her opponent's penalty kick in sudden death to take home the Division II state title. Her passion for basketball led her team to a Division I state title of its own and earned Kristen membership into Ponaganset's 1,000-point club, as well as selections as an all-state first teamer and the USA Today RI Player of the Year.
Despite having torn her ACL during her senior year of basketball, Kristen postponed knee surgery to play one more season of softball. Kristen earned all-division honors during her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Kristen showed her dedication, leadership and sportsmanship in everything she did. Earning varsity status foreach season and each sport that she played, Kristen wrapped up her high school career by clinching both the Woonsocket Call Female of the Year award and the Brian Fell Student-Athlete Award and was the PHS nominee for the Providence Journal Award.
After graduating in 1993, Kristen cairied her athletic success on to the collegiate level, playing basketball at Sacred Heart University and Eastern Connecticut State University. While at ECSU, Kristen joined yet another 1,000-point club, earned two All-Little East honors and set a still standing record for career 3-point field goals (171 made).
Kristen now teaches mathematics at Scituate High School. She lives with her husband John and her two young children, John Jr. and Avery.