Hall of Fame Class of 2001
Although Keith Collins only coached for ten years at Ritzville High School, he has been an important contributor to the sport of Track and field in our state. It all began at Cashmere High School where he was a multiple state champion setting records in the Hurdles and the mile relay. In the decathlon, he was a National High school All-American.
Keith Attended Washington State University and set a school record in the decathlon. He won a Pacific Ten Championship and became an All-American by finishing third at the 1982 NCAA Division I National Championships.
After graduating from WSU, he became the Head Track Coach at Ritzville. He coached from 1983 until 1992. During that time, his boys teams won four Bi-County and District championships and two state titles. He had eleven boys win individual state titles. His girls teams won nine Bi-County and District championships and five state titles including four in a row from 1988 to 1991. He had an incredible total of 28 girls win individual state titles. In 1991, he was named Washington State Track Coach of the year.
Keith is now an Elementary school Principal in Lynden, Washington. Despite being out of coaching, he continues to greatly contribute to the sport of track and field by serving as the Northwest League and District meet referee, the Cheney state meet referee and WIAA clinician.