The funeral of Stony Brook defensive coordinator and longtime Long Island Post coach Bryan Collins is scheduled to take place this week at Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home in West Seville.
Family, friends and teammates will gather at the funeral home Thursday 7-9:30pm and Friday 2-4:30pm and 7-9:30pm Funeral Mass will be held at St Lawrence the Roman Martyr Saturday 9:45am in Sayville Catholic Church, Address: 240 W. Main Street
Collins, who lived in Seville, died suddenly on Saturday of a “heart attack”, according to reports. He is 58 years old.
Brian, who joined Stony Brook in the summer of 2021, spent his first few years as the Seawolves’ defensive line coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator in January.
Prior to joining Stony Brook, Bryan had become a coaching legend on Long Island during his distinguished 23-year career as head coach at Long Island University Post (LIU Post). His impressive record of 162 victories, six NCAA Tournament appearances and eight Northeast 10 Conference titles solidified his status as the most winning coach in program history.
In addition to his achievements on the field, Bryan Collins was a student-athlete at St. John’s University, where he played linebacker for the Red Storm football team. Recognized for his outstanding character, Bryan was awarded the Dr. Peter Vituli Award, which honors the St. John’s College student-athlete who has demonstrated grit, perseverance, dedication and Self-sacrifice.
In 1987, Bryan received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University.
Here are the tweets honoring the legendary Long Island football coach.
Above: Stony Brook coach Bryan Collins takes a selfie with his daughter Meg at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook. (Credit: twitter/megcollins55)