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Longtime SIUE baseball coach Gary "Bo" Collins makes a point with the umpire during an Ohio Valley Conference game against Austin Peay in 2012.
Longtime SIUE baseball coach Gary "Bo" Collins makes a point with the umpire during an Ohio Valley Conference game against Austin Peay in 2012.

Former SIUE baseball Head Coach Gary "Bo" Collins has added another Hall of Fame to his resume.

Already a member of the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame, the 70-year-old Collins is part of the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame Class of 2019. He is one of seven individuals who will be inducted in January 2019.

Collins, an East Alton native, spent 34 seasons at the helm of his alma mater, retiring with a career record of 1,028-766-7 following the 2012 season.

After steering the Cougars to 14 Regional appearances, and five College World Series appearances at the NCAA Division II level, Collins successfully led SIUE baseball into the Division I era. He guided the Cougars to 28 wins in 2011 and 27 in 2012.

Collins was a member of the first two SIUE baseball programs in 1968 and 1969, playing for SIUE Hall of Famer Roy E. Lee. He became the first SIUE athlete in any sport to sign a professional contract,

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