Roger Collins Honored by MCAC

Coach Collins presented with Administrator of the Year

Dr. Roger Collins The Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference recently presented the conference’s 2010-2011 Administrator of the Year award posthumously to Dr. Roger Collins.The award, voted upon by conference athletic directors and officials, shows that Dr. Collins made an impression beyond York College and his character made a difference for York College nationally.

Joyce Pigge, who works as the NAIA's eligibility liaison to the MCAC, had this to say about Collins: "As MCAC Eligibility Chair, I always knew when I needed information or clarification from York College, Roger would respond promptly and thoroughly. To have full confidence in an institution's Faculty Athletics Representative, is what any Eligibility Chair would want. I had that level of confidence in Roger Collins.”

Dr. Collins (YC class 1973) was in his 29th year teaching at York College, and served as chair of the college's Elijah A. Levitt School of Business. From 1997-2007, he coached the cross country and track teams and was himself an avid runner. On October 23, 2010, Dr. Collins had a massive heart attack while jogging and passed away two days later. He was 57.

The special bond Coach Collins had with students was apparent and could be widely seen across campus. Jared Stark, YC Athletic Director, said, "Roger was very special to so many of us. I especially enjoyed working closely with him the past 3 years in his role as our Faculty Athletic Representative. He had the utmost integrity and genuineness and reflected Christ in his compassion to others."

Landon Bailey, a recent business graduate and former student-athlete, was particularly close to Dr. Collins and will forever remember the impact he had on his life. "I came to York College to play basketball. I fell in love with the college because the faculty and staff truly cared,” said Bailey. “Dr. Collins was the biggest support I had in my time at York, and he has truly shaped my life in a positive way."

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