February 23, 2013
A week after it was reported that Kansas State was close to adding one of Bill Snyder's former players as an assistant, that move has officially come to fruition.
K-State confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Andre Coleman has been hired as Snyder's wide receivers coach. The hire fills the hole created by Michael Smith's departure for Arkansas last month.
Coleman had spent the past three years at FCS-level Youngstown State as receivers coach
"We are pleased to have Andre join our staff," Snyder said in a statement. "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 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 played receiver at K-State in the early nineties — he was an All-American and All-Big Eight selection in 1993 — at the beginning of Snyder's first run in Manhattan. He went on to a five-year career in the NFL that ended in 1998.
Following his pro playing career, his YSU bio reads, "Coleman moved to Atlanta, Ga., where he became active in residential and commercial real estate. He has also been involved in many successful business ventures and worked for New Era Sports Consultants, a company which provided representation to professional football players."
His first coaching job at the collegiate level was with the Penguins in 2010.
(Photo credit: Youngstown State athletics)