to be inducted in Hall of Fame
will join his father in the Hall of Fame in March
(March 2008) Its not often that a father
and son both get inducted into the same Hall of Fame.
Steve Collier will join his father, John, in the Indiana Basketball
Hall of Fame at a March 19 ceremony. The banquet and ceremony for the
award will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis. Steve
first heard about the honor in December.
I was very excited, he said. I was even more excited
because my father is in the Hall of Fame.
John Collier was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.
I think its just wonderful, John said of his son being
inducted. You always like to go out a winner, and this gives you
the chance to put a cap on it. Were very proud of him. Its
a great day in the Collier family.
John played basketball for Guilford High School until 1944, when he
enrolled at Hanover College and started all four years there. He would
later coach the Hanover College mens basketball team and be named
Coach of the Year in the Hoosier Collegiate Conference three times.
He retired from Hanover College in 1988.
Several weeks ago, Steve visited the Indiana Hall of Fame museum in
New Castle, Ind.
It was good to walk around the Hall of Fame and see Southeastern
Indiana so well represented, he said.
Steve began playing basketball when he was in the third grade during
recess. Soon after, he attended a formal basketball camp and became
hooked for life.
I enjoyed it, then it became a passion, he said. Every
day I played, year-round.
When the family went on vacations, John would call the hotel to make
sure it had a basketball goal.
The three Collier boys never had the opportunity to call their dad coach
in their basketball careers.
My wife said, I dont ever want you to coach our sons,
He added that Jean had noticed the common abuse that took place when
it came down to a fight for playing time between a coachs son
and another persons son.
Although John respected his wifes wishes and never formally coached
any of his sons, he still had a big influence on them, Steve said.
Being the coach that he was, he was very instrumental in showing
me the proper techniques and love of the game, and just appreciating
it for what it is, Steve said.
John would often provide drills to refine Steves skills and worked
with him outside of practice.
One of the things I tried to instill in him was being a team player,
John said, adding that many of Steves coaches said that he was
a great team player.
Steve graduated from Southwestern High School in 1974 with a Mr. Basketball
title for the same year.
I enjoy remembering playing in the old Southwestern gym, the sound
the ball made when bouncing on the elevated floor, said Steve,
He also reminisced about the rivalry between Southwestern and Madison
Consolidated High School, including the sold-out gymnasium and the communitys
Steve continued his basketball career at the University of Cincinnati.
He had a tremendous career there, John said. We enjoyed
watching him play.
One of Johns favorite memories from his sons college career
was one where Steve hit the winning basket at the last second from far
down the court.
They didnt have the three-point shot when he was a player,
or else he would have racked up a lot of those, John said.
With Johns coaching career, he did not have very many chances
to see Steve play. However, Jean would not miss very many of her sons
I think one of the reasons he went so close to home was so Jean
could get to see him, John said of Steves college choice.
I went every opportunity I could get.
After he graduated from college, Steve became a teacher and a coach.
Later, he entered into school administration, and currently serves as
Superintendent of Norwood City Schools in Cincinnati.
For more information about the Indiana Basketball
Hall of Fame, visit www.hoopshall.com.
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