CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Jimmy Collins, the first head coach to lead the University of Illinois at Chicago to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament has died.
Collins died early Sunday morning. He was 74.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 4 Injured In Evanston Shooting
Collins led UIC to a 218-208 record from 1996 to 2010. The Flames posted four 20-win seasons and made the program’s only NCAA tournament appearances in 1998, 2002 and 2004.
Collins played for Lou Henson at New Mexico State from 1967-70. He helped the Aggies reach the Final Four in his last season and was drafted 11th overall by the Chicago Bulls.READ MORE: At Least 40 People Wounded, 3 Killed In Thanksgiving Weekend Shootings In Chicago
Collins spent 13 seasons as an assistant under Henson at Illinois and was one of the main architects of the 1988-89 “Flyin’ Illini” squad that won 31 games and reached the Final Four. He also recruited Deon Thomas, Illinois’ career scoring leader and a former UIC assistant.
Collins is survived by his wife Hettie and children Erica, Kenny, Semaj, and Brandi.
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