Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

June 2, 2014

Marshall hall of fame to induct seven

HUNTINGTON — Seven student-athletes who played for Marshall between 1951 and 2004 make up the 2014 induction class for the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame.

The inductees are basketball player Tyrone Collins (1970-73), wrestler David Coyle (1977-79), softball player Sierra Davenport (2001-04), baseball player Albie DeYoung (1975-78), soccer player Lindsay Jayjack (1999-2002), football player Darius Watts (2000-03), and Milan Zban, who played football and baseball in 1951-54.

“This class represents some of the finest student-athletes in school history,” Marshall Direc-tor of Athletics Mike Hamrick said. “The contributions of these fine men and women are truly appreciated by everyone in the Marshall Athletics family.”

The annual Hall of Fame dinner is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., in the Marshall University Memorial Student Center in Huntington. Tickets are $30 each and are available at HerdZone.com or by calling 1-800-THE-HERD.

The class will be introduced to the crowd at Joan C. Edwards Stadium prior to Marshall’s Sept. 13 football game versus Ohio.

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Tyrone “Ty” Collins, Basketball (1970-73)

Collins, from Paterson, N.J., was a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard who wore No. 24 and played for the Thundering Herd 1971-72 team that went 23-4 advanced to the NCAA Tournament and reached the No. 8 ranking in the country, and the 20-7 NIT team of 1972-73. Collins is the all-time Marshall record holder for field goal percentage (.587) in a career. His amazing 73 percent shooting in the 1972-73 season (163-of-222) also is the Marshall record for a single season. In 1970-71, Collins was sixth in scoring and averaged 7.1 points per game, but was second in shooting at 50.3 percent (72-of-143). In 1971-72 for the 23-4 Herd, Collins was fourth on the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game. He was the top shooter on the squad, shooting 53 percent from the floor (184-of-349) and was fourth in rebounding with 102 (3.8 per game) for a Herd team that fell in overtime in the NCAA Tournament to Southwestern Louisiana, 112-101. That team finished No. 12 in the final polls, and had a double-overtime upset of No. 8 St. John’s, 110-107. Marshall topped 100 points or more in 10 of 27 games, and scored in the 90s in seven more contests. As a senior, Collins helped the Herd to a 20-7 mark and trip to Madison Square Garden, where the Herd fell to Fairfield, 80-76. Collins died tragically in a swimming accident in September 1996. He graduated from Marshall University in 1974, and returned to his old old high school, Kennedy, to coach and teach after graduation.

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