Brian E. Stevens

Birth Date: 
Saturday, August 19, 1950
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

WOOSTER – Brian E. Stevens, 69, of Wooster passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Wooster Community Hospital.

He was born August 19, 1950 in Mineola, NY, the son of Robert Edwin and Sybil Strickland Stevens.

Brian was a 1972 graduate of the College of Wooster and was a beloved high school Social Studies teacher at Centerville High School, Centerville, Ohio from 1972-2003 where he served as Head Boys Soccer Coach from 1987-2004 with an overall record of 349-65-50. 

His coaching awards included National Soccer Coaches Association National High School Coach of the year in 1995, 3 time Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the year, he was an Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee in 2002 and College of Wooster Barrett Coach of the year in 2001.  He served as President and Executive Director of the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.

Brian is survived by his children Tyler (Amy) Stevens of Louisville, Kentucky and Kathleen (Joe) Prudell of Corvallis, Oregon; grandchildren Liam Stevens and Ronan Purdell; siblings Christine (Jeff) Cornelius of Kay Largo, Florida and Robin Gigax of Wooster; nieces Debbie Danforth and Dale Young, and nephews Brian and Travis Gigax.

He was preceded in death by his parents and long-time companion, Marilyn “Mimi” Tissot Berman.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


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Private family services will be held at a later date.


Condolences to all on the passing of Brian Stevens. A mentor, friend and colleague, his accomplishments speak for themselves. He made a difference and will not be forgotten. God's Speed Brian. Greg Bell, Centerville High School Social Studies Department.

So sorry to hear about Brian's death. He and I coached together under Gary Avedikian at Centerville in the late 70's.

I enjoyed teaching at CHS when Brian was there. He and I had many good discussions in the teacher’s workroom. He was an excellent teacher—the students loved him. He made them think, explore and respect the history of our country.

So sad for your families loss. Brian was my home advisor at Centerville High School, mentor and an amazing Western Civ teacher. He will be missed.

So sad for your families loss. Brian was my home advisor at Centerville High School, mentor and an amazing Western Civ teacher. He will be missed.

My condolences to Brian's family. We had many wonderful years at CHS as team mates in our Social Studies department and Brian was respected and admired by his students, athletes, and faculty.

Tyler and Kathleen. I am very saddened to hear of your loss. You are both wonderful people and I could not be more proud of what you both have done with your lives. Your character and how you handle adversity. Watching you grow up, I can see what your father passed down to you. Know all my love and prayers to you and your families. Much Love.
Uncle Jim

Our family is very sad to hear about the passing of Brian. He was a wonderful person and a great soccer coach. My son Scott was coached by Brian for 4 years on varsity and Jim and I enjoyed helping with the program. I was an advisor for Bobby Soccer's and worked well with Brian. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. He will be truly missed.

I only knew Brian for a few months. I am so happy I got to know him. We would have many conversations that I never wanted to end. Hearing of his loss shook me very much. I don't think I will ever forget him and the times we had. Prayers and thoughts for all that knew him. He will be missed.

So sad to hear of your loss.

I’m sorry to hear this news and send my deepest condolences to all of the family. I was a student of Brian’s at CHS, and played soccer for coach 1990 and 1991. I look back at those times often, and am very grateful to have had him as a coach and teacher during this time! He will he missed.

I’m sorry to hear the sad news and my condolences to all of the family and those close to him. I had the fortune of playing soccer at CHS for coach from 1988-1991. I think about those times often and he is a BIG part of those wonderful memories. I’m thankful to have had him in my life. He will he missed and god bless.

Brian was a very knowledgeable, effective teacher and a superior soccer coach. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

I am so sorry to hear the news Brian has left us. I knew him when he volunteered for the VITA program at the United Way. He was so generous with his time in helping others. His accomplishments are a testament to that. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Very sorry for the family and friends on the loss of an outstanding man. There are people in your life, that when we are exposed to their character and drive, change the trajectory of our life’s path. Coach Stevens was that kind of guy, an unforgettable force of nature on the soccer field. He was a positive influence to so many young men on the field and in the classroom, he will be missed.

A great brother in law and a great teacher.
So sorry for your loss. See you on the other side

We met Brian the day he moved to Forest Drive in Wooster. He was a good neighbor and a good man. We shall miss him terribly and for a long time.

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