Collins Announces Departure from LIU Football ProgramStory Links
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. – Bryan Collins has announced his resignation as LIU's head football coach, taking effect immediately. Coach Collins served LIU as head coach for 23 seasons, becoming the program's sixth head coach in 1998, and leaving as the all-time winningest football coach in LIU history.
"We greatly appreciate all of Coach Bryan Collins' contributions to LIU over the years as an exceptional head coach, athletic director and educator," LIU Director of Athletics Dr. William E. Martinov Jr. said. "Bryan has helped develop hundreds of student-athletes, coaches and staff members during his tenure with great success, and we're truly grateful for his loyal service to LIU."
During his time at the helm of the LIU football program, Collins earned seven Coach of the Year awards, made six NCAA tournament appearances, won eight NE-10 Championships, and coached 12 All-Americans and 25 All-Region players.
In the spring of 2021, Collins was named one of 16 finalists nationally for the most prestigious coaching award in Division I football, the Eddie Robinson Award, as he coached the Sharks to their first two wins as an FCS program, including their first-ever Division I win, a 24-19 victory over Bryant. Seven Sharks earned All-NEC honors this season, and the team was awarded the NEC Team Academic Achievement Award for the second straight year, with the highest GPA in the Northeast Conference.
In 2008, Collins surpassed the legendary Dom Anile as the all-time winningest coach at LIU Post. Two years later, he became the first coach to reach 100 career victories with LIU football, and departs with an all-time coaching record of 162-84.
Along with his coaching duties, Collins served as LIU Post's Director of Athletics from 2006 to 2016, building LIU Post into one of the most respected and accomplished athletics departments in NCAA Division II.
A national search for a new head coach has commenced; Jonathan Gill will serve as the interim