Marcus Coleman
Personal information
Born: (1974-05-24) May 24, 1974 (age 48)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Lake Highlands (Dallas, Texas)
College:Texas Tech
Position:Head coach
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career NFL statistics
Player stats at · PFR

Marcus Coleman (born May 24, 1974) is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Texas Tech University.

In 2018, he was named the first head coach of the Indoor Football League's Tucson Sugar Skulls after serving as defensive coordinator with the Iowa Barnstormers during their championship season.[1] The following season, he was hired as the head coach of the West Texas Warbirds based out of Odessa, Texas, in Champions Indoor Football. Marcus and his wife Lisa, live in Texas and have children, Nick, Gabriella, Jonathan, and a grandson Jaidon.

Early years

Coleman attended Lake Highlands High School, receiving All-district and All-city honors as a safety. He also received All district, All-city, and All region honors in track

He accepted a scholarship from Texas Tech University. He started 36 straight games and was the first to play the "Raider position" (combination of outside linebacker-strong safety).

Coleman set the school and Southwest Conference career record with four interception returns for touchdowns and also left with the school record for blocked kicks in a season (3). He finished his college career with 256 tackles, 9 interceptions and 6 blocked kicks. He also received All-Conference honors, while competing in the long jump and the triple jump.

In 1995, Coleman earned All-American honors (1st Team: Football Writers Association of America, Dallas News, American Football Quarterly, 2nd Team: American Football Coaches Association, UPI). In 2008, he was named to the All-Time Texas Tech football team. In 2010, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, and in 2017 was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

Playing career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump
6 ft 1+34 in
(1.87 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.67 s 1.61 s 2.70 s 4.26 s 33.0 in
(0.84 m)
All values from NFL Combine[2]

New York Jets

Coleman was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft and started 4 games at right cornerback as a rookie.

In 1997, he began to have issues with new head coach Bill Parcells, who moved him from free safety to cornerback. Parcells called him "The Wizard",[3]

Coleman had a break-out year in 1999, becoming the starter at right cornerback after playing the first 4 games as a nickel back. He made 64 tackles, while leading the team with 6 interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 24 passes defensed.

The next year, he registered 56 tackles, 19 passes defensed (led the team) and 4 interceptions (second on the team), including a 98-yard pick-six against the Miami Dolphins, which at the time was the second-longest interception return in franchise history.

Houston Texans

Coleman was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft and was named the starter at right cornerback. He posted 90 tackles, 30 passes defensed (led the league), one interception and 2 fumble recoveries.

In 2003, he had 77 tackles and 23 passes defensed, while leading the team with 7 interceptions, which was a franchise record and tied him for fourth in the NFL. He received the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award for his performance in September.

In 2004, he was moved to free safety after the team drafted Dunta Robinson. He holds the Texans record for the longest interception return, with a 102-yard pick-six registered against the Kansas City Chiefs.[4] On November 21, 2004, he suffered a sprained right shoulder against the Green Bay Packers and although he was able to play in the next two games, he was eventually placed on the injured reserve list, finishing with 80 tackles, 2 interceptions and 8 passes defensed.

The next year, he was deactivated for the game against the Baltimore Ravens for missing a walkthrough.[5] He posted 11 starts, 66 tackles, one interception and 3 passes defensed.[6] On February 28, 2006, he was released in a salary-cap move.

Dallas Cowboys

On April 18, 2006, Coleman was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent, reuniting him with his former Jets head coach Bill Parcells.He appeared in three games as a backup, before being released on November 11. He finished his career with 484 tackles, 25 interceptions, 119 passes defensed and 2 touchdowns.

Coaching career

Coleman's first coaching stint was as the defensive backs coach for the Tri-Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League in 2016.[7] On September 16, 2016, Coleman was announced as the new defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator for the Iowa Barnstormers.[8] On September 12, 2018, after two seasons with the Barnstormers, he was announced as the inaugural head coach for the Tucson Sugar Skulls.[1] Coleman then was hired as the first head coach of the West Texas Warbirds in Odessa, Texas, and a member of Champions Indoor Football for the 2020 season.[9] However, the 2020 CIF season was cancelled without playing a game due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coleman resigned from the Warbirds in October 2020.[10] Coleman is currently and Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs Coach at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.


  1. ^ a b "Tucson's Indoor Football League team has its first coach – and he's a reigning champion". September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Marcus Coleman, Combine Results, SS - Texas Tech". Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  3. ^ "With Jets' Coleman, It's No Longer Mental". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Coleman still can make plays". Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "Texans release starter Riley, bench Coleman". December 8, 2005. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Parcells to replace rookie Watkins with vet Coleman". October 29, 2006. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "Marcus Coleman named head coach". Archived from the original on October 18, 2018.
  8. ^ "Barnstormers Announce 2017 Coaching Staff - Indoor Football League". Archived from the original on October 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "West Texas Warbirds introduce coaching staff". KOSA-TV. January 5, 2020.
  10. ^ "Warbirds announce resignation of Head Coach Marcus Coleman". OurSports Central. October 28, 2020.