Kansas State announced the hiring of former Wildcat Andre Coleman as the football team’s new receivers coach on Wednesday.
Coleman has spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Youngstown State. Before that, he was a standout receiver/return specialist at K-State under Bill Snyder from 1990-93. He also had a successful five-year career in the NFL, becoming the first former K-State player to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl.
“We are pleased to have Andre join our staff,” Snyder said in a statement released by K-State. “As a successful ex-player from our program he has a strong understanding and belief in the philosophy and intrinsic values we believe in. Having worked with (Youngstown State coach) Eric Wolford, also an ex-Kansas State player, Andre has experience coaching in a program with a very similar approach to ours. He is a caring person who works well with young men and fits in well with our coaching staff.”
Coleman helped Youngstown State win seven games last season, including a 31-17 victory at Pittsburgh. He coached receivers the last two seasons, and was in charge of tight ends in 2010.
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His experience as a coach and player should allow him to help the Wildcats on the field with player development and with recruiting.
Coleman amassed 3,443 all-purpose yards (1,556 receiving and 1,458 return) at K-State and was an all-conference player as a senior. He still sits in K-State’s top 10 in 13 offensive or return categories. He was drafted in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft by San Diego and went on to play with Seattle and Pittsburgh. He was twice selected for the Pro Bowl and played in the 1994 Super Bowl, returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.