Tuesday , Jul , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Collins gets contract extension from Flames

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Illinois-Chicago has extended the contract of
men’s head basketball coach Jimmy Collins for three years.

The deal, which still needs approval from the board of trustees, will keep
Collins at the school through the 2008-09 campaign.

Collins was introduced as the ninth head coach of the Flames on March 27,
1996. During his tenure, he has guided Illinois-Chicago to three consecutive
20-win seasons and four post-season berths, including three trips to the NCAA

Illinois-Chicago finished the 2003-04 season with a 24-8 record. The Flames
captured the Horizon League’s post-season tournament title and earned a trip
to the NCAA Tournament. However, Illinois-Chicago lost to Kansas, 78-53, in
the first round.

In eight seasons with the Flames, the 55-year-old Collins has compiled a mark
of 131-109.

Prior to his arrival at Illinois-Chicago, Collins spent 13 years at the
University of Illinois, where he served as an assistant under former Fighting
Illini coach and future Hall of Famer Lou Henson.