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Rich Collison of Boone joins Officials HoF

The IHSAA announced that they’ll induct longtime basketball coach and basketball official to their Officials Hall of Fame.

From the IHSAA announcement:
A four-sport athlete at Boone and graduate of Briar Cliff, Collison spent 19 years as a head basketball coach before embarking on 19 successful years as a basketball official for boys and girls. Work and family kept him in north Iowa after starting his teaching and coaching career at Lincoln Central, then going to Algona where he taught for 30 years and coached girls’ basketball and baseball. Collison planned on officiating after enjoying the role during college, but waited until coaching was done to change out the whistle and he quickly rose in the high school boys’ and girls’ ranks and into college men’s basketball in NAIA and Division III. In his 19 years, he worked eight boys’ state tournaments with three title games, and a similar total of girls’ tournaments. He retired in 2020 and continues assisting basketball officials as an observer and evaluator, including at both boys’ and girls’ state tournaments. Collison and his wife Julie have two adult sons, Brady and Clay, and live in Algona

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