PATERSON, NJ – The City Council Tuesday night voted to name a 1st Ward park in honor of Paterson basketball legend Tyrone Collins.
An All-America at Kennedy High where he once averaged 38.6 points per game, Collins then coaches at his Alma Mater for almost 20 years, racking up 282 wins in a career that was tragically cut short.
Collins died in 1996 when he drowned in a swimming pool at his home in Wayne.
The city has decided to honor Collins by putting his name to the recreation area between the Passaic River and Presidential Boulevard, near Clinton Street. It will be known as Tyrone Collins Memorial Park.
Councilwoman Vera Ames-Garnes said the city would honor a ceremony at the park on June 3 at a time to be determined.
Collins graduated from Kennedy in 1969 and went on to play collegiately at Marshall. He coached at Kennedy from 1977 to 1996. Under his watch, the Knights won seven Passaic County tournament championships and five North Jersey section titles.