By Mark Jurgena
Kahok legend Bogie Redmon passed away Monday, he was 77 years old.
Redmon was the most recognizable figure on the legendary 1960-61 Collinsville basketball team.
“Bogie is an all-time Kahok legend,” said Collinsville boys basketball coach Darin Lee. “He was an all-American in 1961 and led the Kahoks to an undefeated 32-0 season, the state championship, and national championship. He also continued to support and influence the Kahoks while always sitting in the first row at games. He will be missed greatly by all of Kahok Nation.”
He pumped in 31 points in the 1961 state championship game, an 84-50 win over Harvey (Thornton).
Additionally, as a senior, he was named All-State and to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-District East team in both basketball and football.
After graduation from Collinsville, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He played basketball for four seasons for the Illini. Additionally, he was the Big Ten champion in the discus his senior season.
After his senior year in 1965, Redmon was named to the Converse All-American team as an Honorable Mention selection. That same year he was a 10th round pick of the Baltimore Bullets in the NBA Draft.
Declining an NBA career, he went into the business world. Eventually, he worked his way back to Collinsville to work with his father at the Redmon Insurance Agency. He passed along the tradition to his son, Kai, who currently runs the agency.
“He was a great athlete but the first to direct any praise to his teammates,” said Kahok Sports Network announcer Todd Duke. “He went on to be a business owner and a great part of the fabric of his community while always supporting the purple and white. He was a true Kahok.”
As Lee pointed out earlier, Redmon was a mainstay at Kahok games. He was given the honor of making the first basket in the renovated Fletcher Gym in September of 2016. When the Collinsville boys basketball program won its 2000th game in school history in December of 2018, Redmon was selected to accept the plaque.
“Bogie Redmon is a Kahok!” said Collinsville Athletic Director Clay Smith. ”He is the person that every young person should strive to be. The legacy he leaves behind for Kahok Nation for the things he accomplished on the basketball court will never be forgotten! For me…. his smile, generosity, kindness, and words of wisdom will always separate Bogie from the rest. Truly a great athlete with a huge heart!”