Monte Coleman

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Monte Coleman
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Arkansas–Pine Bluff
Conference SWAC
Record 35-43
Biographical details
Born (1957-11-04) November 4, 1957 (age 57)
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Alma mater Central Arkansas
Playing career
Central Arkansas
Washington Redskins
Position(s) safety, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (LB)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (DC)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Head coaching record
Overall 35-43
Accomplishments and honors

Monte Leon Coleman (born November 4, 1957 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is a former American football linebacker who played for sixteen seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1979 to 1994. He is currently the head football coach for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Football career[edit]

Coleman played college football at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, then a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school. He played safety his first three years before being converted to the linebacker position as a senior. He set a school record with 22 interceptions and became the first player from Central Arkansas drafted in the NFL when the Redskins chose him in the 11th of the 12 rounds of the 1979 NFL Draft with the 289th overall selection. (The draft now consists of seven rounds.)

Coleman played for the Redskins (and in the NFL) in parts of three decades: the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s. On the all-time list of games played as a Redskin, Monte Coleman is currently second having played in 217 games, Darrell Green is first. He is one of only three men to play at least 16 seasons with the franchise, along with quarterback Sammy Baugh (16) and Green (20). Coleman’s 56.5 sacks are the team's fourth-highest all-time total.

Coleman played in the Super Bowl four times, winning three: Super Bowl XVII, Super Bowl XVIII, Super Bowl XXII, and Super Bowl XXVI.

NFL statistics[edit]


Monte Coleman made “the all Madden Team” in 1993.

He selected by Washingtonian Magazine as the Washingtonian of the Year Award in 1996. Coleman was inducted to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

In 2003, he was named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins.

Won 2007 Elijah Pitts Award (named after the Conway, Arkansas, native and Green Bay Packer legend) for Conway athletic lifetime achievement.

Life after the NFL[edit]

Coleman currently lives in Pine Bluff, Arkansas with his wife Yvette and their three children. He was employed at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as a linebacker coach and team chaplain. On November 26, 2007, Coleman was named Head Football Coach at the university, and is also making a living as a motivational speaker. On December 8, 2012 Coleman coached the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to a SWAC conference championship by defeating Jackson State University 24-21 in the championship game at Birmingham, Alabama in front of an ESPN television audience.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Arkansas–Pine Bluff Golden Lions (SWAC) (2008–present)
2008 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3–9 2–6
2009 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5–5 3–4
2010 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5–6 4–5
2011 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6–5 5–4 T–2nd (West)
2012 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10–2 5–4 1st (West) W SWAC Championship Game
2013 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2–9 2–7 T–3rd (West)
2014 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4–7 3–6 T–4th (West)
2015 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0–0 0–0 (West)
Arkansas–Pine Bluff: 35–43 24–36
Total: 35–43

External links[edit]

  • Coleman’s Playing Statistics [1]
  • Redskins Official Article [2]
  • Motivational Speaker Biography [3]