Dariel Collazo
Dariel Collazo

Assistant Coach

Sixth Season

Alma Mater:
University of Puerto Rico '98

Dariel Collazo recently finished his sixth season as assistant men's soccer coach at Stony Brook in 2010. A former member of the Puerto Rican national team, Collazo arrived at Stony Brook in 2005 after spending over 10 years involved in soccer in several capacities in Puerto Rico.

In his six seasons at Stony Brook, Collazo has helped lead the Seawolves to America East championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2009. He has also helped develop a pair of America East Midfielder of the Year honorees in Michael Palacio (2006) and Leonardo Fernandes (2010).

Collazo is currently the president and director of the Sports & Athlete Development Institute, Inc., (SPADI) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he is responsible for the development of sports projects and management consulting and was the creator of the SPADI Soccer Academy, which runs a recognized soccer summer camp in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Collazo served as the first vice president of the Federación Puertorriqueña de Fútbol, the Puerto Rican National Association, from 2004-06. In this role, he was part of the team assigned to organize and restructure the development of soccer in Puerto Rico while serving as the chairman of the Futsal Commission.

On the coaching end, Collazo served as a head coach of both soccer and futsal at his alma mater, Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, guiding his teams to three Puerto Rico High School Athletic Alliance titles and three Futsal League championships while qualifying for the XVII School Football Tournament of International School Sport Federation held in Italy in 2001. In 2004, he coached the Futsal National Team of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Qualifyer for the FIFA Futsal World Cup. He also spent two years as a coordinator and coach for the Department of Recreation and Sports for the city of San Juan, overseeing the city's soccer development program while supervising coaches.

Collazo has also served as the general director and head coach of Athleticos de Rio Piedras F.C. in San Juan where he has coached youth and adult teams, concentrating on the women's program for the past several years. In August, he led his U17 girls team to the Liga Superior Fememina de Futbol de Puerto Rico title for the second straight season while leading his adult women's squad to a third place finish.

Collazo, who was a member of the Puerto Rico Soccer National Team from 1991-2001, was named the Player of the Year by the Federacion Puertorriquena de Futbol in 1997.

A 1998 graduate of the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in business administration, Collazo went on to earn his international masters in management, law and humanitites of sport from the Centre International D'etudes du Sport, a FIFA master program held in three European Universities located in England, Italy and Switzerland.

In addition to his duties with the Seawolves, Collazo also coaches youth club soccer at the Three Village Soccer Club and is a member of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association ODP boys coaching staff.

Collazo received a USSF (United States Soccer Federation) B National Coaching License in 1999 and the NSCAA National Advance Diploma (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) in January of 2007 and has attended coaching seminars and courses offered by FIFA and CONCACAF for soccer and futsal.