LEBANON, Tenn. --- Ricky Collins, the newly appointed Senior Advisor to the men's basketball staff and Nashville, Tennessee, native was inducted into the Cumberland University Sports Hall of Fame Friday evening.
Collins prepped at Pearl High School, starting three years and scoring over 1,000 points for long-time coach Cornelius Ridley. He played one season at Middle Tennessee State, helping the Blue Raiders to OVC regular-season and tournament championships in 1974-75.
Collins transferred to then Cumberland College and was a starter and team MVP for a club that won the TJCAA East Division and state championships. The team lost in the semifinals of the region championships, just two wins shy of the NJCAA national tournament. He played his final two years in college at UT Martin.
Collins then embarked on a storied coaching career, first at Trenton Peabody High School (1978-83) as well as Memphis Technical (1984-86) and Memphis Central High School (1987-92). He spent the last 20 years of his coaching career in Metro Nashville at Pearl-Cohn (1993-05), Antioch (2006-07) and Whites Creek (2008-13).
His teams reached the TSSAA state semifinals in 1997 and 1998 and sub-state games in 1990 and 1996-98. He was inducted into the Metro Nashville Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014.
Collins was honored at Cumberland University's 30th Annual Sports Hall of Fame banquet, accompanied by his wife, Andrea, son Brian "Penny" Collins, and his family.