Portsmouth Trojans boys basketball coach Eugene Collins completed his 9th season at PHS, and now has an overall record of 163-80, with 2 Final 4 appearances in 2011 and 2012, an Elite 8 appearance in 2015, an SEOAL championship in 2012 and 2014, and seasons of 21, 24, and 20 wins, coming in 2011, 2012, and 2015, respectively. Coach Collins was also named the SEOAL coach of the year in 2012. His last 4 teams in the SEOAL (2011-2014) finished 2nd, 1st, 2nd, and 1st in the league. The Trojans captured a co-championship in the OVC in just their first year of competition (2014-2015). Coach Collins has averaged 17 wins a season during his tenure.
After Portsmouth struggled through 7 straight losing seasons from 2003-2009 (52-100 overall), Collins took the reigns at PHS in 2010 and immediately ended the streak, posting a 12-7 record. The Trojans then advanced to the OHSAA Division 3 state tournament in 2011 and 2012, finishing state runner-up in 2012. His son, Len, was a starter on the 2012 Trojans. In the 2012-2013 season, after losing all but 1 player off the 2012 state runner-up team, and starting two sophomores and a freshman for the bulk of the season, Coach Collins still managed to guide his Trojans to a 10 win season. The 2013-2014 Trojans compiled an outstanding mark of 19-5 with a district runner-up finish, losing to Lucasville Valley 58-55 on a 3 pointer at the buzzer. Valley finished as regional runner-up in Athens D3. The 2014-2015 Trojans lost in the regional final to Columbus Eastmoor 49-45, finishing with a 20-7 mark. The 2016-2017 season saw the Trojans post a very good 17-8 record, with a sectional championship win over North Adams. Portsmouth advanced to the district semifinal in Athens, where the Trojans lost to South Point 59-42. The Trojans went 16-8 in the 2017-2018 season, then did the opposite in the 2018-2019 season with an 8-16 record. This was only the 4th Trojan team ever to lose 16 or more games in a season.
Eugene is a 1983 graduate of Portsmouth High School, and was a longtime assistant to Jim Arnzen at Shawnee State University. Arnzen now serves as Eugene’s assistant at PHS. Eugene is well remembered for a last second buzzer beater he made at the 8th St. Gym vs. Columbus East in 1983, giving the Trojans a 62-61 win.