Northwest College Mourns Death of Coach Jay Collins

Northwest College Mourns Sudden Death of Basketball Coach Jay Collins

Written by on August 2, 2022

Northwest College is mourning the unexpected loss of basketball coach Jay Collins, who passed away on the morning of Sunday, July 31.

President Lisa Watson emailed everyone at Northwest College on Sunday, July 31. In the email, she announced the “sudden passing” of Jay Collins, coach of the college’s Men’s Basketball team.

There are no additional details on Collin’s death. He leaves behind his wife, Sheila.

“As we mourn this untimely loss, let us come together in our support of Sheila and family, Jay’s Trapper basketball players, our students, and each other,” President Watson said in her email.

Courtesy Northwest College

Collins has significant experience in college basketball, working with teams at Idaho State University, Cochise College, and the University of Texas-Pan American. He was entering his fourth season as head coach of the men’s basketball team at Northwest College.

Northwest College Athletic Director Brian Erickson says, “Jay was a well-loved member of the Trapper family. His love for coaching basketball was second only to his love for his wife, Sheila, and the family dogs. Jay brought passion to his work, often with a light heart and an easy smile. He will be greatly missed.”

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