Jimmy Collins (basketball)

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Jimmy Collins
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1946-11-24) November 24, 1946 (age 68)
Syracuse, New York
Playing career
1967–1970 New Mexico State
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Illinois (asst.)
Accomplishments and honors
Horizon League Tournament Championship (2002, 2004)
Horizon League Regular Season Championship (1998)
At-large NCAA bid, 1998

James E. "Jimmy" Collins (born (1946-11-24)November 24, 1946) is a retired American basketball player and coach. He was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, where he attended Corcoran High School. Collins was the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1996 to 2010, becoming the program's all-time winningest coach and leading UIC to its first-ever postseason appearances - NCAA Tournament appearances in 1998, 2002 and 2004, and an NIT showing in 2003.[1]

Prior to his coaching tenure with the UIC Flames, Collins was a longtime assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he had made a name for himself as one of the nation's best recruiters, helping lure Chicago area players such as eventual NBA veterans like Kendall Gill, Nick Anderson and the bulk of the Fighting Illini's 1989 Final Four team. Collins himself arrived in Champaign as an assistant to coach Lou Henson, who was also his coach as a player at New Mexico State University, where Collins was the captain of an Aggie squad that reached the 1970 Final Four. Collins was then drafted in the First Round of the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, enjoying a brief professional career with them and with the Carolina Cougars of the ABA.[2]

On July 20, 2010, Collins announced his retirement as coach of the UIC Flames after 14 years at the helm.[3]


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