Former Kansas State standout Andre Coleman returned to his alma mater prior to the 2013 season to tutor the Wildcat wide receivers, and he hasn’t wasted any time making an impact.
A four-year letterwinner at wide receiver under Bill Snyder from 1990-93, Coleman has coached a position group that recorded the most receptions and yards ever by a Snyder-coached team in 2013 before shattering both those marks in 2014 with 230 receptions for 3,097 yards.
The effort in 2014 was buoyed by a 1-2 punch of All-American Tyler Lockett and All-Big 12 performer Curry Sexton, the first duo in school history to go over 1,000 yards in the same season and the top receiving duo nationally last season. Lockett, a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, finished third in the country and tops in the Big 12 with 1,515 receiving yards to go along with 11 touchdowns, another top mark in the league. Lockett also hauled in the second-most receptions in a season in school history with 106.
Thanks in large part to Coleman’s tutelage, Lockett left K-State as the all-time leader in career receptions (249), yards (3,710) and touchdowns (29), just three of the 17 school records he set in his four-year career. Lockett also earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year honors for a second-straight season and was a Consensus All-American as a returner due to the coaching of Coleman, an All-American returner at K-State by his own right. A mastered kickoff returner, Lockett excelled in punt-return duties as a senior by leading the nation with a 19.1-yard average, while he returned two for touchdowns.
Sexton ranked 25th nationally and fourth in the conference with 1,059 yards. He recorded the two best seasons of his career under Coleman as he had a three-year total of just 564 yards entering his senior season, 446 of which came as a junior, Coleman’s first season on staff. Sexton teamed with Lockett to record five of the school’s double 100-yard games while he finished fourth in school history in single-season receptions (79) and seventh in yards.
The 2013 group was paced by Lockett, who ranked 11th nationally with 105.2 receiving yards per game and 19th in the NCAA with 11 touchdown receptions en route to All-America honors. 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). He 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 in 2013, he was hardly the lone threat as Sexton and senior Tramaine Thompson 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.
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 13 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), and third-place rankings in career kickoff-return attempts and kickoff-return yards.
The Hermitage, Pennsylvania, 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.