Richard Collins

Andover High School

During those thirty-seven years as head coach of football and track he left an indelible legacy for the town of Andover. He guided the football team to numerous championships, including Super Bowl victories in 1974 and 1975. His track teams captured 37 Merrimack Valley titles, and 24 All-State, Class, and New England championships. Collins received many honors during his career, including Andover Teacher of the Year, Eagle Tribune Coach of the Decade, National High School Coach of the Year, and was elected to Philips Andover, Massachusetts, and National Halls of Fame as both athlete and coach. A true Andover icon, he was a voice of wisdom. He fought valiantly for those who were less fortunate. He taught and coached with an unsurpassed vigor and high level of sportsmanship. He was a humble man, always deflecting praise to his students, his athletes, or his assistants in coaching.

  Inducted: 1981

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