MANHATTAN — As a Kansas State football player, Andre Coleman eclipsed 1,000 yards as both a wide receiver and a return specialist.
He will soon try to duplicate that success as a member of the Wildcats’ coaching staff.
A source confirmed late Wednesday that Coleman has agreed to become the team’s new receivers coach. He has served as an assistant at Youngstown State since 2010. He will replace Michael Smith, who left for Arkansas last month. Both used to play for Bill Snyder.
K-State is expected to announce the hire in the next few days.
Coleman coached a young group of receivers last season, helping six underclassmen total 109 catches for 1,434 yards and eight touchdowns. Youngstown State won seven games in 2012, including an early victory at Pittsburgh.
Coleman should be able to give K-State a boost in player development and on the recruiting trail. As a former Wildcats player who went on to a five-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers he has experience at the highest level. He was selected in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Chargers. He was a two-time alternate at the Pro Bowl and returned a kick 98 yards for a touchdown in the 1994 Super Bowl.
At K-State, he amassed 3,443 all-purpose yards during a 43-game career, which ended in 1993, and also caught 95 passes for 1,556 yards and 12 touchdowns.