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Doug Colman
Doug Colman

Hometown:
Ocean City, N.J.

Position:
Linebackers Coach

Experience:
2nd year

Alma Mater:
Nebraska, 2001


Doug Colman is his second season as the linebackers coach for the Green Wave in 2011.

During his first season at Tulane, Colman's linebacking corps accounted for 225 stops, including 13 stops for lost yardage, one interception, six pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Under Colman's tutelage, middle linebacker Trent Mackey led the team in tackles and was a second team All-Conference USA performer and was voted the Louisiana Football Newcomer of the Year.

Prior to Tulane, Colman spent two seasons at his alma mater, Nebraska, as the defensive quality coach and was a part of back-to-back Big 12 North Championships in 2008 (co-champions) and 2009, and also participated in the 2008 Gator Bowl and 2009 Holiday Bowl.

Before Nebraska, Colman was an assistant coach for linebackers and special teams for the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL-Europa during the 2007 campaign.

From 2003-07, Colman was the head football coach and physical education teacher for Absegami High School in Galloway, N.J. During his time there, he led the team to a 40-14 overall record and to three straight conference championships (2004, 2005, 2006), the school's only conference titles, four consecutive New Jersey state playoff appearances (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) and to the 2006 state championship in the New Jersey South Group IV, the school's only state title. The team also finished as the 2005 state finalist.

Colman was recognized for his team's success by being named the 2004 and 2005 Cape Atlantic League Conference Coach of the Year, the 2004 National Football Foundation-New Jersey Chapter Coach of the Year and the 2003 Press All-Area Coach of the Year. One of the highlights of his prep coaching career came in 2006 when he served as the head coach for the Adam Taliaferro New Jersey All-Star game.

Colman began his coaching career in the prep game in 2001 at his high school alma mater, Ocean City (N.J.) High School, where he was the freshman football coach and coordinated the defense and special teams. Following a one-year stint at Ocean City HS, he spent the 2002 campaign as the assistant football coach and physical education teacher at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, N.J. He was the coordinator for both the defense and specials teams at OHS.

Colman played collegiately at the University of Nebraska from 1991-95 and was a part of five Big 8 Conference championships, back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995 and four total bowl games for head coach Tom Osborne. Nebraska finished 25-0 during his final two seasons and went 23-0-1 in league play during his career.

Colman played in the 1992 Orange Bowl vs. Miami (Fla.), the 1994 Orange Bowl vs. Florida State, the 1995 Orange Bowl vs. Miami (Fla.) and the 1996 Fiesta Bowl vs. Florida. All four bowl games were for the national championship.

Following his collegiate career, Colman was drafted in the sixth round (171st overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He played five seasons in the NFL from 1996 to 2000 as linebacker, playing a total of 64 games for the Giants, Tennessee Titans (including Super Bowl XXXIV) and Cleveland Browns.

During his rookie season with the Giants in 1996, he was voted the "Special Teams Player of the Year" after leading the special teams in tackles and serving as the team's leader in special teams tackles. He received the same award in 1997 and 1998 and helped lead New York to the NFC East title.

Colman played with the AFC Champion Tennessee Titans in 1999 and played in Super Bowl XXXIV against the St. Louis Rams and was awarded the game ball for the "Music City Miracle" against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC Playoff game.

Following the 1999 campaign, he spent the next three seasons with the Oakland Raiders/Cleveland Bowls (2000) and the New York Jets (2001).

Colman starred at Ocean City High School where he is a member of the hall of fame. As a senior, he was named "South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year" at linebacker and he also gained more than 1,000 yards as fullback.

A native of Ventnor, N.J., Colman received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Nebraska in 2001. His father Wayne also played linebacker in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints and both father and son wore No. 59 during their professional careers. Both were part of NFL special team's history as Colman was part of the "Music City Miracle" and his father was on the field for Tom Dempsey's NFL record 63-yard field goal vs. the Detroit Lions in Tulane Stadium on Nov. 8, 1970.

Colman and his wife, Colleen, have one son: Matthew Douglass (1) and two daughters: Logan (8) and Sarah (6).