Al Lavan
Biographical details
Born(1946-09-13)September 13, 1946
Fort Pierce, Florida, U.S.
DiedApril 23, 2018(2018-04-23) (aged 71)
Adams County, Colorado, U.S.
Playing career
1964–1967Colorado State
1969–1970Atlanta Falcons
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972Colorado State (WR/TE)
1973Louisville (assistant)
1974Iowa State (assistant)
1975–1976Atlanta Falcons (DB)
1977Georgia Tech (WR)
1978Georgia Tech (RB)
1979Stanford (RB)
1980–1988Dallas Cowboys (RB)
1989–1990San Francisco 49ers (RB)
1991–1995Washington (RB)
1996–1998Baltimore Ravens (RB)
1999–2000Kansas City Chiefs (RB)
2001–2003Eastern Michigan (RB)
2003Eastern Michigan (interim HC)
2004–2010Delaware State
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (NCAA D-I FCS playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 MEAC (2007)

Alton Lavan (September 13, 1946 – April 23, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Delaware State University from 2004 to 2010. Lavan was also as the interim head football coach at Eastern Michigan University for the final three games of the 2003 season, after replacing Jeff Woodruff.[1] He played college football at Colorado State University and professionally with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL).[2]

Raised in Newark, New Jersey, Lavan played prep football at South Side High School, which has since be renamed as Malcolm X Shabazz High School.[3]

As a longtime running backs coach, he coached the following players throughout his various tenures: Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Eddie Lee Ivery, Drew Hill, Bam Morris, Earnest Byner, Leroy Hoard, Priest Holmes, Napoleon Kaufman, Errict Rhett, Roosevelt Potts, Donnell Bennett, Tony Richardson, and Kimble Anders.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs TSN# Coaches°
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference) (2003)
2003 Eastern Michigan 2–1 2–1 6th (West)
Eastern Michigan: 2–1 2–1
Delaware State Hornets (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2004–2010)
2004 Delaware State 4–7 4–3 T–3rd
2005 Delaware State 7–4 6–2 3rd
2006 Delaware State 8–3 6–2 T–2nd
2007 Delaware State 10–2 9–0 1st L NCAA Division I First Round 15 16
2008 Delaware State 5–6 5–3 T–2nd
2009 Delaware State 4–7 3–4 6th
2010 Delaware State 3–8 2–6 8th
Delaware State: 41–37 35–20
Total: 43–38
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Eastern Michigan fires football coach Jeff Woodruff". The Daily Sentinel. November 4, 2003. p. B6. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Al Lavan, Pro Football Archives. Accessed December 19, 2019.