Coach Eugene Collins Is Now The 2nd Winningest Coach in PHS History

With a 72-61 win over Coal Grove on 1/14/20, Coach Eugene Collins passed Richard "Red" Hopkins into 2nd place on the all time winningest coach list in Portsmouth HS history. Collins, whose career record is now 169-87, broke a tie with Hopkins, who went 168-58 from 1926-1936. Collins took over as head coach of the Trojans in the 2009-2010 season, and immediately turned the fortunes of the program around, going 12-7. The previous decade before his arrival saw the Trojans compile the worst record for a decade in school history, going 100-121. The decade from 2010-2019, all under Collins tenure, was the 2nd winningest decade in school history, with a record of 163-80. That mark was only topped by the decade of the 1980's, in which the Trojans went a remarkable 197-50. Collins' 11 year career at PHS is tied with Red Hopkins for the 2nd longest in PHS history, with George Heller having the longest coaching career, guiding the Trojans from 1952-1968. Heller went 224-137 in those 17 years, with a Class AA state championship in 1961.

Update 2/24/20: With the conclusion of the loss to Eastern Brown in the sectional final, Coach Collins record now stands at 173-93 for his 11 year career. Averaging 15.5 wins per year. 11 straight years of at least 10 wins.

Update 9/3/20: Coach Collins will be returning for his 12th season, which will make him the 2nd longest tenured coach in PHS history, only behind George Heller's 17 years (1952-1968).