Craig Collins is known in CPS track circles having coached at North Lawndale (yes that North Lawndale) and most recently at Phillips. At Phillips last year, he was at the starting stages of developing a real track program. He had a good start at Phillips where he led a Phillips team to an 11th place finish at the CPS frosh-soph meet. 11th place does not sound like a lot, but believe me at Phillps, a school which has not seen any kind of track pulse let alone success for decades, having a team that scores points is a major step in the right direction.
That is why, when I heard Collins left to accept the coaching job at Chicago State, I was mildly surprised. I was hoping Collins would continue to develop the Phillips program. See developing a track program takes at least 4-5 years to develop. At the same time, I am happy for Collins to be at Chicago State.
He will truly be developing that program. Chicago State (on 95th street), is one of those colleges that has had a very difficult time developing any kind of track program. There are many junior colleges that are much more advanced in their development stages compared to Chicago State.
"I plan on giving Chicago State my full effort, I'll give it at least 5 years no matter what happens," said Collins.
I wish Coach Collins luck in his new endeavor.