Robert Collison ’50 Inducted 1984

Football

Robert   Collison

Bob Collison was a talented, hard-running halfback on Gustavus football teams of the late '40s who also was a passer in the single wing formation, a pass receiver from the wingback position, and a place kicker as well. He achieved all-conference honors as a freshman on the undefeated championship team of 1946. He broke his leg in the last game of that season and then was forced to sit out the '47 season although he did serve as an assistant coach during that campaign. In 1948 he was hampered by further leg problems and injuries, but he still managed to receive honorable mention in the all-MIAC balloting and also was awarded the prestigious Stu Mann Award for exceptional ability after that season. He opened his senior season with outstanding early games but fractured his leg in the third contest. If Collison was a hard-luck player on the field, he was nevertheless a highly successful coach following graduation. He served as head coach of the Richfield High School team from 1954 through 1973 and was named Coach of the Year in the Lake Conference in 1961 and Minneapolis Tribune Coach of the Year in 1963. He pursued graduate study at the University of Minnesota and earned his master's degree in educational administration in 1961. He has been athletic director at Richfield since 1970 and is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association. He was in education for more than 35 years, having spent the vast majority of those years as a teacher-coach and administrator at Richfield.