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Terry Collins Field House Being Built at Dothan High

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Dothan high had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new athletic structure that's named after Terry Collins.
And you didn't have to look far to see what an impact Collins made on the community.

“He was a great coach on and off the field.” Dothan High Student Patrick Rodgers said.

Dothan high student Patrick Rodgers says he'll never forget the impact of his former baseball coach, Terry Collins.

“He taught me to be students in the game but students of life to grow and be better men, and he was a great administrator, I know the staff loved him, he was everything everyone wanted at Dothan high school.” Rodgers said.

Collins passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease.
But before he died, he made it his goal to leave a lasting impression in the community.
His idea was to build an athletic complex to help athletes improve.
Thursday, that dream came true.

“The ability for us to have this ground breaking ceremony to help more sports go on, even though he passed away not too long ago, his legacy can still live on through this amazing complex.” Rodgers said.

The complex will allow baseball and softball players to have batting practice at their school.
The facility will also have locker rooms and a place for the players to work out.

“It’s unbelievable, it would make my brother so proud. It’s a great day, mixed emotions, he's not here to see it but he was here to see the dream of it.” Terry’s brother Shannon Collins said.

Collins says this complex will also help the family heal.

“It’s an honor for him and the family this was a dream of his and the family will always be forever thankful for those who made this happen.” Collins said.


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