Dr. Roger Collins was a utility player on the York College team. In his 29 years at YC on the faculty and staff, he was often asked to give a little more—coach a team, lead a student group, teach another class, fill a vacancy on the staff.
No matter what the position, Roger was willing and capable, always ready to serve with humility.
He came to YC first as a student in 1971. He played soccer, studied business, and fell in love with classmate Debbie Cosby, whom he wed in 1975. What made Roger stand out as a student was his dedication to the Lord and his willingness to work hard to achieve his goals.
He graduated from York College, then finished his bachelor’s degree in business at Harding University. He was working in agriculture commodities when he was recruited back to York College.
He felt like that’s where Jesus wanted him to serve, says his sister Birgie (Collins ’71) Niemann. His mission was to impact students.
That’s just what he did for nearly three decades. During his years at YC, he filled a variety of roles including business manager, business faculty, business department head, coach of PBL/SIFE, men's soccer coach, and coach for the track and cross country teams.
While teaching and coaching full time, he made his education a priority, earning an MBA, CPA certification, and PhD over the years. He also served as an elder at East Hill Church of Christ.
His students and athletes remember him as a gracious and wise teacher, a constant encourager, and one who always sought their best academically, athletically, and spiritually.
He instilled the love of running, and the accompanying values of dedication, persistence, and endurance, into his athletes as well as his own four children: Stacy, Laura, Jeremy and Kristy.
Because of his humble spirit, his love of Christ and willingness to serve all, on October 11, 2013, Dr. Roger Collins is inducted into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame.
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