Former Kansas State standout Andre Coleman returned to his alma mater prior to the 2013 season to tutor the Wildcat wide receivers, and he didn't waste any time making an impact.
A four-year letterwinner at wide receiver under Bill Snyder from 1990-93, Coleman coached a position group in 2013 that recorded the most receptions and yards ever by a Snyder-coached team and the fifth-most touchdowns in Snyder's 22 years at the helm of the Wildcats.
The group was led by All-American Tyler Lockett, who ranked 11th nationally with 105.2 receiving yards per game and 19th in the NCAA with 11 touchdown receptions. Lockett, who was a candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, set the school's single-game receiving yardage record at Texas (237) before smashing his own mark later in the season against Oklahoma (278). The junior, who holds two of the school's five 200-yard receiving games, also tied the single-game school record with three receiving touchdowns on three occasions. The 2013 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year thanks in part to Coleman, Lockett obliterated the school's single-game all-purpose yardage record with 440 against Oklahoma, a mark that ranked as the fifth-most in FBS history.
Although Lockett was the driving force behind Coleman's successful receiving corps, he was hardly the lone threat as senior Tramaine Thompson and junior Curry Sexton gave the Wildcats solid No. 2 and 3 options for Coleman. Thompson, who left K-State No. 12 on the all-time receiving list, was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 kick returner thanks to Coleman's tutelage, while he and Sexton teamed with Lockett on two occasions during the year for double 100-yard receiving games, just the eighth and ninth occurrences in school history.
Prior to returning to K-State, Coleman spent the previous three seasons on head coach and former K-State offensive lineman Eric Wolford's staff at Youngstown State. In 2011 and 2012 at Youngstown State, Coleman worked with no seniors and only one junior as he coached multiple freshmen and sophomores who were called into action early in their careers to the tune of 109 total receptions by underclassmen. He helped YSU post a 7-4 record, including a 31-17 victory at Pittsburgh, which served as the school's first-ever victory over a BCS opponent.
During his first season as the receivers coach in 2011, Coleman guided a group that caught 22 of a school-record 27 touchdown passes, while the Penguins' 227.5 passing yards per game were the second most in school history and the highest since 1972. Christian Bryan set school freshman records in receptions (46) and yards (722) under Coleman's watch, while his yardage total was the most by a freshman at the FCS level that season. Coaching the tight ends in his first season on the staff in 2010, Coleman's group hauled in 17 receptions and two touchdowns, helping YSU's offense set a then-school record at 412.0 yards per game.
A 1993 All-America and All-Big Eight performer, Coleman left his mark at K-State during his four years by accumulating 3,443 all-purpose yards, including 1,556 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 95 receptions and 1,458 kickoff-return yards on 60 returns. He still sits in K-State's top 10 in 14 offensive or return categories, including top marks in both single-game all-purpose yards per play (27.0 vs. Missouri in 1993) and career all-purpose yards per play (18.2), a second-place ranking in career kickoff-return attempt and the No. 3 spot in kickoff-return yards.
The Hermitage, Pa., product was drafted in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft by San Diego and put together a solid five-year professional career playing for the Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. A two-time Pro Bowler and 1994 NFL All-Rookie squad honoree, Coleman helped the Chargers win the 1994 AFC Championship and earn a trip to Super Bowl XXIX in which he established eight Super Bowl records at the time, including a then-record 98-yard kickoff return touchdown as he became the first Wildcat football player to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl.
Coleman completed his degree in social sciences from Kansas State in the summer of 2011. He and his wife, Brandi, have three daughters, Shyla, Kyla and Brielle.