By JOHN INMAN
Bob Collins now has something to show his kids, as well as anyone else that wants to see it.
“I started writing on the book in 2005 during the fall, then by late spring of 2006 I had got through to where I had decided to end the book. Then I began tinkering with the story, adding parts, amending other parts, deleting some; and all the while I was correcting spelling, punctuation, and syntax. As a matter of fact, when Bob (Babcock, former player for Collins at Heavener) asked for the manuscript I told him to let me make one more pass through to fix anything I found wrong. That took me a day and part of the night, then I e-mailed it to him the next morning,” said Collins, a former Heavener coach and member of the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame.
“I started becoming interested in genealogy in 2005, about all the genealogist I read thought the best thing any parent could do for their children would be to write down the events of their life, and when the kids were old enough give them a copy of what you had written. With that prod, in addition to looking for ancestors, I began writing about my life. The story began to have a life of its own, and when I got to the part where my kids were well aware of what was going on, I kept writing until I had covered my working life. I enjoyed thinking back about my life, and slowly events came back to my awareness, not everything, but isolated events,” he said.
The following was sent out by Bacock, who whose company, Deeds Publishing, published the book.
TO: All former players and friends of Coach Bob Collins
SUBJECT: A Coach’s Life by Robert L. Collins – order today for delivery in early October.
None of us would have ever dared call him “Bob” when we played football for him – he was “Coach,” a man we respected, learned from, and loved, despite his gruff demeanor at times. We were fortunate that he was around during our high school days for us to learn from.
Few, if any, of us knew his life story before, or after, the time we played football for him. However, each of us remembers vividly the years we were honored to play football for Coach Bob Collins and have countless stories to tell to anyone who will listen. Now, in this book, you can read about Coach’s life from birth to his retirement years today – you’ll enjoy it.
Deeds Publishing is proud to announce that A Coach’s Life is currently at the printer and will be available by early October for Collins to autograph and mail to those who order it now.
Click this link to order online http://deedspublishing.com/DeedsBooks.html or mail your check for $24.95 plus $5 shipping to:
PO Box 682212
Marietta, GA 30068
The book recalls Collins, whose mother abandoned the family when he was six. By age 16, he was an orphan and he and his brother moved to Tulsa to live with their aunt.
At Tulsa Central High School, he discovered football and was selected to the Oklahoma All State team. He was offered scholarships at many universities, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, and many others.
Collins decided to go to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, a junior college, where he was named to the Junior College All American squad. Again, many large universities offered him a scholarship.
When the Korean War started, he joined the United States Marine Corps. At the end of the war, he again played the game he loved and earned his degree at Northeastern Oklahoma State College.
After three years moving around as an assistant, Heavener High School hired him as their head football coach. His three year record was 28-5-2. He was the head football coach of several Oklahoma schools, most notable at Fairland, where he coached 13 years, with five teams that won ten or more games.
At the age of 52, he decided to let younger men do the coaching, and Collins became a principal before he retired from the public schools of Oklahoma.