Marco Coleman
Michigan State Spartans
Position:Defensive line coach
Personal information
Born: (1969-12-18) December 18, 1969 (age 52)
Dayton, Ohio
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Patterson Cooperative
College:Georgia Tech
NFL Draft:1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced Fumbles:18
Player stats at

Marco Darnell Coleman (born December 18, 1969) is an American football coach and former player who is the defensive line coach for Michigan State and former assistant defensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). A former American football defensive end, the fourteen-year veteran originally was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 1992 NFL Draft as a first round pick (12th overall). He played at Georgia Tech and won the 1990 college football national championship and went to one Pro Bowl before retiring from professional football after the 2005 season.

Early life

Coleman attended Patterson Cooperative High School in Dayton, Ohio, where he was an all-area linebacker. As a senior, he totaled 84 tackles, 31 sacks, three forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and blocked an extra point. He lettered three times in football and once in track.

Playing career


Coleman finished his career at Georgia Tech with the all-time leader with 28 sacks record, despite playing just three years. He earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for his junior year, playing 11 games to record 67 tackles, 10 sacks, and one fumble recovery. He helped lead the school to a share of the national championship as a sophomore in 1990 by posting 81 tackles and 13 sacks. Coleman was named second-team All-American by The Sporting News and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after a 12-tackle, five-sack performance vs. Maryland. As a redshirt freshman, he started all season at outside linebacker and totaled 63 tackles and five sacks. While playing at Georgia Tech Coleman wore the number #95.

National Football League

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+34 in
(1.90 m)
259 lb
(117 kg)
33+78 in
(0.86 m)
10+38 in
(0.26 m)
5.18 s 1.81 s 2.96 s 4.44 s 29.0 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
18 reps
All values from NFL Combine[1]

Miami Dolphins

Selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round (12th pick) of the 1992 NFL Draft, Coleman was named the NFL Rookie of the Year by Sports Illustrated and Defensive Rookie of the Year by Football News after finishing his first season with 84 tackles (61 solo), six sacks. and one forced fumble. His six sacks were the third-highest single-season total ever recorded by a Dolphins rookie. He started 15 out of 16 games and started the season at outside linebacker before moving to right defensive end for the last 12 games. He remained a member of the Dolphins for three more seasons. Coleman performed a cameo role opposite actor Jim Carrey in the 1994 movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

San Diego Chargers

Coleman signed as an unrestricted free agent with the San Diego Chargers, on March 8, 1996. He played with the Chargers for three seasons from 1996 to 1998.

Washington Redskins

Coleman signed with the Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent June 3, 1999 and started all 16 regular season games at right end in his first season as a Redskin. He played with the Redskins from 1999-2001.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coleman signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on June 20, 2002 and started all 16 games at left defensive end in his first season as a member of the Jaguars. He only played one season as member of the Jaguars and was cut by the team after the 2002 season.

Philadelphia Eagles

Coleman signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on September 6, 2003, replacing defensive end Derrick Burgess, who was placed on injured reserve. He played as a reserve in 13 regular-season games without a start. He only played the 2003 season as a member of the Eagles.

Denver Broncos

Coleman signed with the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2004 and played as a member of the Broncos for two seasons (2004–2005). He announced his retirement from professional football after the 2005 season.

Coaching career

Oakland Raiders

On April 5, 2018, the Raiders announced Coleman would be making his coaching debut as an assistant defensive line coach in Jon Gruden's new staff.[2]

Georgia Tech

In January 2019, Coleman was announced as the Defensive Line Coach for Georgia Tech in Geoff Collins' new staff.[3]

Personal life

Coleman is married to Katrina and has three children, Kabrione, Kennedy, and Kenneth. Coleman completed his college degree at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration.


  1. ^ "Marco Coleman, Combine Results, DE - Georgia Tech". Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 9, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Sugiura, Ken. "Tech hiring Marco Coleman after losing line coach Jim Panagos". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved April 28, 2021.