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Collinsville Coaching Legend Dies

Vergil Fletcher

Illinois is without a doubt one of the best places in the country for High School Basketball. Very few states have the history and tradition to rival Illinois. On Tuesday, June 30th one of the greatest coaches in Illinois history, Vergil Fletcher passed away at the age of 93.

Fletcher coached many sports but is most known for success on the hardwood and gridiron. Fletcher has been inducted in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Illinois High School Hall of Fame for both Basketball and Football.

As a hoops coach in Collinsville, Fletcher compiled a record of 747-170 (792-234 overall) over a career that began in 1946 and ended 32 years later in 1978. In addition to that sick .814 winning percentage, he led the Kahoks to 2 state titles and a record 14 state tournament appearances. Keep in mind that he won his titles before the IHSA went to a multiple class system. For a town the size of Collinsville that is quite an accomplishment.

The world has lost a coaching legend. However, Fletcher will forever be remembered as one of the greatest basketball coaches the world has ever seen.

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