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 James E. Collie, Sr

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James E. Collie, Sr

College Basketball Coach. He was the head men's basketball coach at Illinois State University from 1957 to 1970. During his 13 seasons as head coach he led the Redbirds to 209 victories against 139 losses, ranking him as the second winning-est coach in Illinois State University history. In 1958 he led the Redbirds to a school record 24 victories, including a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) district championship, and recognition as Illinois State "Coach of the Year." Prior to joining Illinois State he served in coaching assignments at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas and McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. In 1970 he abruptly resigned as the head coach of Illinois State University after being diagnosed in the early stages of multiple sclerosis. He was inducted into the Illinois State University Hall of Fame in 1976.

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  • Originally Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
  • Added: 7 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14207105
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James E. Collie, Sr (13 May 1922–2 May 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14207105, citing East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Mausoleum, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .