Hard-working All-America midfielder in high school and college, All-Met honoree in lacrosse and soccer, University of North Carolina graduate, three-time ACC champion, face-off specialist extraordinaire and multiple record-holder, outstanding post-collegiate club player, MLL champion, Bayhawk defensive player of the year, camp instructor, clinician, and advocate of lacrosse.
It is an axiom in sport that hard work beats talent that doesn’t work hard. For over 16 years, Jude Collins combined hard work with talent to become one of metropolitan DC’s finest representatives at the midfield position.
Under the guidance of head coach Dennis Stewart at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA from 1989-92, Jude developed into one of the outstanding lacrosse players in the entire metropolitan region. A two-time high school All-America midfielder, he also earned regional all-star recognition and All-Met honors in both lacrosse and soccer in his senior year. Jude was inducted in the Bishop Ireton Athletic Hall of Fame for its inaugural class in 2008.
Recruited as one of the top face-off specialists in the country, Jude enrolled in 1992 at the University of North Carolina, where he continued to improve his game.. He was named UNC freshman of the year and, in his senior season, earned a spot on the All-ACC team. A three-time All-America selection at UNC, Jude led his team to three ACC championship titles and was selected to the all-tournament team twice.
A fierce competitor, Jude holds the Tarheel records for career ground balls (412), career ground ball per game average (6.54) career face-off percentage (66.8%), single season ground balls (160), and single game ground balls (15). His records for career face-off percentage and career ground balls currently rank third and fifth respectively in the all- time NCAA record books. As a senior, Jude earned the team most valuable player trophy and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star game.
Upon graduation, Jude played four years of club lacrosse with the Capital Lacrosse Club in Washington, DC. He also competed professionally for four years with the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. One of the premier face-off and defensive midfielders in the league, Jude helped the Bayhawks to a championship title in 2003 and earned the team defensive player of the year award in his final season of 2006.
A senior director for Cushman and Wakefield, a commercial real estate brokerage, Jude serves on the board of the Kevin Reichart Foundation, a lacrosse scholarship foundation named in memory of a fallen UNC teammate. He has always given generously of his time to presentations at various lacrosse clinics and camps.
Jude and his wife Julie reside in Great Falls, VA with their two daughters Tyler and Addison.