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Conrad "Cornie" Collin



The Huron High and 1934 Creighton University grad captained both the basketball and football teams at Creighton (the only CU athlete to captain two sports at the same time).

In 1933, he was an All-America selection in basketball after leading the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring (he averaged 9.5 points a game for all games that season). He helped the Bluejays to MVC titles in 1931 and ’32 and a runner-up finish in ’33. He also was an outstanding ballhandler, once dribbling away the final nine minutes of a win over Syracuse (at that time, there was no midcourt line). In football, the halfback was all-conference twice and he was the leading punter in the NCAA in 1933. A knee injury kept him from playing football and basketball in 1934.

Collin played for the Chicago Bears in the first college all-star football game in 1934 (though he never played an NFL game). He also spent one year in the Detroit Tigers' organization.

At Huron, he led the Tigers to two state basketball titles, was all-state four years in basketball and two years in football, won state 100 and 220 hurdles titles in track and also excelled in baseball.

He coached many years at Nebraska's largest high school, Omaha South, coaching football (15 years), basketball (30) and baseball (31). At one time he was the only public-school coach in Nebraska to have state-championship teams in football, basketball and baseball. He had a 400-225 record in basketball with three state titles. He also coached Legion baseball for 25 years (with four state titles). A total of 33 of his baseball players signed to play pro ball. In 1940, he was the chairman of the Basketball Rules Committee for High Schools of the United States.

He officiated football and basketball for 25 years, including 15 years in the Big 8 and Big 10.

He is a member of the Creighton and Nebraska Coaches Association halls of fame.
















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