|Position:||Assistant Football Coach - Wide Receivers|
|Alma Mater:||North Carolina State University|
Chris Coleman enters his sixth season of the last seven years as Southern University's wide receivers coach. Coleman helped guide a receiver corps to back to back division titles and three SWAC championship appearances.
In 2014, Coleman mentored a talented group of receivers including sophomore, Willie Quinn who finished with a team high 62 catches for 892 yards and 5 TDs. Quinn earned SWAC All-Conference honors and was a prime target for a group of talented, young QBs battling to replace departed Dray Joseph. Quinn, along with returners, Mike Jones, Justin Morgan and first-year transfer, Reggie Travis and others rounded out the receiving corps, combining for 156 catches for 2394 yards and 18 TDs. Coleman boasted 4 different receivers with an over 17 yard average per catch and another just over 14 yards per catch. Coleman helped mold the wide receiver unit on and off the field, boasting a team high six of twelve receivers completing the Fall semester with over a 3.0 GPA for the semester.
In 2013, Coleman coached senior Lee Doss to first team SWAC All-Conference honors, finishing with a career/team high 78 catches for 1,172 yards and 11 TDs. Doss proved to be a favorite target of senior starting QB Dray Joseph. In 2013, Willie Quinn also finished his freshman season as the 2nd leading receiver, hauling in 57 catches for 753 and 7 TDs. In 2013, Coleman mentored 7 different receivers, including Randall Menard, Mike Jones, Justin Morgan and others to totals of 189 catches, 2893 yards receiving and 29 TDs.
Prior to joining Southern University, Coleman spent three seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne University(LRU) in Hickory, NC. Coleman coached the wide receivers, punt returners and kick returners all three seasons, helping the Bears win two consecutive SAC(South Atlantic Conference) championships his last two seasons there.
Prior to joining the LRU staff, Coleman sold real estate for six years as a licensed real estate owner/broker. Coleman still holds an active real estate broker's license for the state of North Carolina.
Coleman enjoyed a moderate professional playing career as a wide receiver and special teams standout with the Tennessee Titans(2000-02), finishing the 2000 season with the best record in the NFL at 13-3. He also played professionally for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL-Europe(2001), the Orlando Predators(2002-03), and the Montreal Alouettes(2003). Coleman is most known for his performance as a Titan in an epic battle in the 2001 playoffs versus the Baltimore Ravens. Though the Titans went on to lose that game to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Ravens, Coleman blocked two punts in a single playoff game as a rookie, a feat not yet exceeded or duplicated. Coleman retired from playing professional football in 2004.
Chris Coleman played collegiate football at North Carolina State University from 1995 - 1999. Coleman red-shirted in 1995 during a time when NC State boasted several exceptional players at the wide receiver position, many of which went on to play professionally as well. Coleman was a good receiver and special teams player who finished with marks of 1,909 career receiving yards(Ranked 8th in school history), 122 career receptions(Ranked 7th in school history). Coleman earned a BA in Communication from North Carolina State University in May of 2000. He later went on to complete an MBA from the University of Phoenix in May of 2006.
Coleman was born in Shelby, NC and attended Crest High School where he earned multiple letters in football, basketball and track. Coleman had his football jersey retired in 1995 along side his best friend, teammate and eventual college roommate. Crest High School, where Coach Dawson Odums is also a former athlete and alumn, ranks highly among high school programs in the state of North Carolina.
Chris Coleman is married and blessed with a wife of 12 years, Anna Coleman and three boys, Cole (19), Thomas (16) and Christian (10).