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Friends, family, players honor Del State grid coach Collick By Dave Frederick The broad shoulders of Rod Milstead, an offensive lineman for the San Francisco Forty Niners, seemed to fill up the entire double doorway as he spoke to the large crowd gathered last Friday night at Kings Creek Country Club. The Bill Collick Recognition Dinner, an event sponsored by the Delaware State Alumni Associa- tion, was sewn together by Leonia Robinson, Waynne Paskins and Rochelle Hopkins. The first- class affair honoring Bill Collick's 12 years as head coach at Delaware State University (78-40 record) brought over 20 speakers to the microphone. The tenor and tone of the evening rested somewhere be- tween a testimonial and a roast. "I always remember Coach Collick saying, 'Don't get on 13 without that degree,'" Milstead said. "I'd just like to thank the Delaware State family. When I came to Delaware State in 1987 I was a boy and when I left I was a man." Timmy Gray, an all-state nose guard for Cape Henlopen in 1979 when the team nailed down the school's only state champi- onship, told the crowd, "My en- tire athletic career involved Bill Collick. I know we banged heads a few times when I was at Delaware State because I needed it. I'd just like to thank him for GRAY giving me the opportunity to be the first in my family to graduate from college." Donald Robinson, another Hornet by way of Cape Henlopen, spent some formative years of his youth living with Emily Collick and her son Bill. "Bill, I love you," Donald Robinson said. "If I ever had a son I wouldn't want you to coach him, I'd want him to be like you." Alton Scott, whose son Adam plays on the Cape Henlopen basket- ball team, is a friend of Bill's and cracked up the crowd with some of his recollections.. "When I moved into Overbrook Shores I saw Bill Collick taking out the trash and I said to myself, 'Hey, another black guy.' Then I found out that he was a college coach and president of the homeowners' association. I had no idea he was such a prestigious individual." "I'd just like to thank the Delaware State family. When I came to Delaware State in 1987 1 was a boy and when I left I was a man." Rod Milstead John Coveleski and Rob Schroeder took turns go- ing down memory lane. Both are forever buddies of Bill Collick, Coveleski Dave Frederick photos San Francisco 49'ers lineman Rod Milstead was among Coach CoIlick's former players who attended the recognition dinner. Coach Bill Collick thanks those who attend- ed his recognition dinner. having served as offensive co-coordinator at Delaware State while Schroeder was the position coach for even- tual all-pro John Taylor. Schroeder and his band of broth- ers "terrorized" historic Lewes back in the day with Rob and his boyhood buddy Bill Collick fi- nally coaching the Cape JV foot- ball team together in 1978. Dwayne Henry, by way of Smyrna High School, spoke to COVELESKI the audience about his relation- ship with Coach Collick both as an athlete and fellow coach. Henry played football for Bill Collick and has been on his coaching staff. Henry was also a member of the 1984 Delaware State wrestling team, coached by Collick, that ;;on the school's only MEAC champi- onship. Lineman, San Francisco 49'ers Henry was the 150 ' pound MEAC champi- on. Greg McClaurin, head football coach at Milford High School, goes back to 1981 when he and Collick were on the staff of Joe Purzycki. "Bill always had the humani- tarian approach to coaching, Mc- Claurin said. His favorite saying was 'the idle mind is the devil's workshop.' Bill is a tough, rough person but he is always a genre- man, a first class person." McClaurin presented Bill and MCLAURIN his family with a picture plaque tided "Head Hornet" which summarized Bill's out- standing coaching career. Dr. William Trumbill, the vice president of institu- tional advancement, presented Collick with a check for $2,000 to be used for the athletic pro- gram. Maybe Coach Collick can give the check to Fabian Thorne, a short over-achiever from Newark, N.J. who told the crowd about his first recruiting visit to Delaware State. "I told coach I'd love to come TItORNE to Delaware State but that I needed to find some money. Coach Collick said, 'Why don't you go home and see how much money you can find.' I came back a week later with $30 dol- lars.'" CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, February 28-March 6, 1997- 61 Ac, la The Place For Coeaervafion $297 ACE Lawn Mower Tune-up Kit "Keeping your lawn mower in tune reduces air pollution." 72666. Simple Green s588 "Using safer clean-up products reduces water pollution and is Frog Friendly!' 87486. l00]i Slgllplll00 971[L Garden ot aJll PIJlFl'lSlNefCscent --I I'll] i 831 iii t r, ood al  k Slmt Undt a pa cmlomt. F.q 1,5; r, ood at tmapuZmg k S Limlt I pa ctw. ratm IOVI? Gardeners l get ready! I 0000RnuzER fume I (Now IN srocx) , EXPECTED BY  I SATUFIDA Y, MARCH 1ST --"- I