Collins Shares Stories and Advice at ISU Men's Basketball Clinic
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Sept. 28, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Standing on the court which bears his name in Redbird Arena, Illinois State men's basketball alumnus Doug Collins spoke to a group of coaches and fans for more than two hours Saturday at the first ISU Men's Basketball Coaching Clinic. Redbird head coach Dan Muller and his team also listened intently from seats lining the floor.
"I love having this chance to speak to the Illinois State team - as a guy who played here, who loves this community and this school, whose life changed because of being here - and I try to make them understand what a privilege it is to play basketball," Collins said. "For me to be able to do that today, that is a fun part for me."
Collins, who only participates in a select-few clinics each year, began by addressing leadership and team building. He then shared several coaching stories while drawing on his experiences from serving as the head coach for four NBA teams, with Michael Jordan on Collins' roster during two of those stints. Collins wrapped up his segment by utilizing the ISU men's basketball team to demonstrate some X's and O's before answering questions from the audience.
"The thing that I love about clinics is that all of these coaches were here for a reason," Collins said. "They were here because they wanted to try to learn something new about being a better coach. If I can say one thing that can help them, then to me, it is worth my while."
Along with Collins, Muller also spoke to the clinic crowd along with fellow-presenters, Quincy head coach Marty Bell and Rick Malnati, a former Loyola assistant and the current head varsity boy's basketball coach at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. Following presentations by Bell, Malnati and Muller, the clinic culminated with Collins' talk.
"Doug is one of the best there is. Those two hours were unbelievable," Muller said. "You can see and feel his passion for the game and his passion for the University. I learned a lot, and I think everyone in attendance learned a lot today."
Muller, his coaching staff and the entire Redbird team will try to take the knowledge they gained during the clinic and apply it toward the upcoming 2013-14 season, with practice officially beginning Monday. Fans will have their first chance to see ISU in action during a Nov. 3 exhibition game against Quincy.
The Redbirds will tip off the regular season, Nov. 8 at VCU before hosting Drexel Nov. 12 in ISU's home-opener. 2013-14 season tickets are on sale now by calling the Redbird Arena ticket office at (309) 438-8000 or by clicking here.
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