Collins gets contract extension from Flames
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The deal, which still needs approval from the board of trustees, will keep Collins at the school through the 2008-09 campaign. Collins was introduced as the ninth head coach of the Flames on March 27, 1996. During his tenure, he has guided Illinois-Chicago to three consecutive 20-win seasons and four post-season berths, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament. Illinois-Chicago finished the 2003-04 season with a 24-8 record. The Flames captured the Horizon League's post-season tournament title and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. However, Illinois-Chicago lost to Kansas, 78-53, in the first round. In eight seasons with the Flames, the 55-year-old Collins has compiled a mark of 131-109. Prior to his arrival at Illinois-Chicago, Collins spent 13 years at the University of Illinois, where he served as an assistant under former Fighting Illini coach and future Hall of Famer Lou Henson.