|Former Triton College baseball stars Lou Collier (left) and Jeff Reboulet (right) receive plaques for their induction into the Region IV Hall of Fame in April 2015.|
Triton Athletics to Retire Jerseys of Baseball Greats Lou Collier and Jeff Reboulet
The Triton College Athletic Department will recognize two of its own with the ultimate honor, by retiring the jersey numbers of former Trojan baseball greats and Major League Baseball players Lou Collier and Jeff Reboulet. The ceremony will take place at noon on Thursday, May 12, prior to the start of the Region IV Division I Baseball Tournament at the newly renovated Symonds-Puckett Field on Triton’s campus.
Collier’s No. 23 and Reboulet’s No. 4 will join legendary former head coach Bob Symonds, the late MLB Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, former Chicago White Sox standout Lance Johnson and retired Triton faculty member and longtime pitching coach Tom Doyle as retired jerseys.
Collier, a native Chicagoan who attended Vocational High School, transferred to Triton from Kishwaukee Community College in 1993. He was NJCAA Player of the Year on a Trojan club that finished 56-9 and were national runners-up at the NJCAA World Series. In addition, he was an NJCAA First Team All-American and Region IV MVP. Collier played eight major league seasons, with his best year coming in 1998 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Reboulet attended Triton from 1982-84 and was a First Team NJCAA All-American and Region IV selection his sophomore year. When Reboulet graduated from Triton, he held school records in batting average, hits, doubles and runs scored. He played more than 1,000 games in a 12-year pro career most notably with the Minnesota Twins from 1992-96. Reboulet, who still resides in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, was a teammate of Lance Johnson on the Trojans 1983 NJCAA World Series squad.
“Lou and Jeff are a testimony to the history of Triton College’s success,” said Athletic Director Harry McGinnis. “Through their success they have brought recognition to Triton and have been a great source of pride for our baseball program and Athletic Department. The two have set a standard of what we want our current student-athletes striving to achieve.”
Following the jersey retirement presentation, Collier and Reboulet will throw out ceremonial first pitches to open the Region IV Division I Baseball Tournament. The Trojans will play Olive-Harvey College at 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Triton College Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456‐0300, Ext. 3784, or visit www.triton.edu/athletics.