UPDATED: Collins leaving as Lancaster High football coach

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By Robert Howey

Bobby Collins is leaving Lancaster High School to become the head football coach and athletics director at Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville.
“I’m excited about it,” Collins said. “This has been a dream of mine to be a head football coach and athletics director.”
Collins, who has guided the Bruins’ football program for the past five seasons, posted a 30-25 record and led LHS to four playoff berths.
He came to Lancaster High School in 2014 following the retirement of former Bruins coach Bennie McMurray at the end of the 2013 season.
“The last five years have been special,” Collins said. “I’ve enjoyed the people, the ones I’ve coached during that time, and the ones I didn’t coach, but they showed great support for our program.”
Collins, 37, said he feels good about what was accomplished at Lancaster.
“My goal is to always leave a situation better than what you found,” Collins said. “I believe we’ve laid a good foundation for the next football coach at Lancaster High School.”
Lancaster High School Athletics Director Mark Strickland said he appreciates what Collins has done.
“Coach Collins has given us five good years and we’re grateful for what he’s done for our football program and our school,” Strickland said. “He has worked hard to better our football program.
“We’re grateful for his work and dedication to our football program, physical education department and school,” Strickland said. “We wish him the best in the future at Marlboro County.”
Collins replaces Dean Boyd, who was the MCHS Bulldogs head football coach for 22 seasons.
Boyd, a York native and graduate of York High School, left Marlboro County, a Class AAAA high school, to become the head football coach and athletics director at York High School on Feb. 12.
Boyd, while at MCHS, posted 187 wins and led the Bulldogs to two Class AAAA Division II state championships, 1998 and 2001.
Boyd, who coached three seasons at Williston-Elko High School, is 211-101 as a high school football head coach.
Boyd will serve as the S.C. Shrine Bowl coach for the annual charity all-star football game at Spartanburg in December.
Collins, a Sumter native, came to Lancaster after serving as the head football coach at Hough High School in Cornelius, N.C.
Collins, in four seasons leading the Hough Huskies, was 25-20 with two playoff bids.
He started strong in Lancaster, posting a 16-7 record in his first two seasons here. Collins’ first Bruins team in 2014 went 8-4 and LHS hosted its first home playoff game in some 18 seasons and won the playoff game before falling to A.C. Flora High School of Columbia.
Collins’ final season saw the Bruins go 6-5, and earn a playoff bid before falling to A.C. Flora. Collins, in each of his five seasons at LHS, had a player to play in the annual North-South All-Star football game in Myrtle Beach.
Collins, as a prep football head football coach over nine seasons, is 55-45.
He was 25-20 at Hough, including a 10-2 mark in his final season in 2013.
Prior to Hough, where Collins launched his career as a high school head coach, he served as an assistant coach at Weck Mecklenburg High School and Providence Day in Charlotte.