Set in stone: Coleman to be inducted into American Football Association Hall of Fame
PLAQUEMINE – Former White Castle High School football player Doug Coleman will be inducted into the American Football Association Hall of Fame during the AFA’s 34th Annual Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at the Pro Football Hall of Fame located at 2121 George Halas Drive in Canton, Ohio on June 27.
The enshrinement of this year’s class of 18 new hall of famers will see the association’s 33-year total number of inductees expand from 691 members to 709.
Since the inaugural enshrinement in 1981, the AFA has recognized 416 players, 103 coaches, 87 executives, 30 officials, 24 pioneers, 20 media/historians, 13 trainer/equipment men, six associated with youth football, five involved with international semi-pro, four from the women’s level and one fan.
Coleman garnered seven championship rings as a players and one as a coach throughout his career.
He was a four-year starter at quarterback for White Castle and holds the school passing record with 3,013 passing yards in one year while being named Most Valuable Player two years in a row.
A Blue Chip All-American quarterback in 1985 and 1986, Coleman also was a member of the 1986 state championship basketball team and selected MVP in both 1985 and 1986 while placing state runner-up in the javelin throw in 1987 in track and field.
Coleman attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in 1987-88 and was selected All-Star Game MVP at quarterback. He then attended the University of Eastern New Mexico from 1990-92 where he was selected second-team all-conference.
His professional experienced includes the Hammond Thunder Semi-Pro team in 1996 that were International Champs and Baton Rouge Bandits Semi-Pro team in 1997 that were the Pro-Gulf South Champs. He also played for the semi-pro Baton Rouge Red Wings in 1997.
A member of the LA Bayou Beast in 1998 that won the PIFL Championship, Coleman also played with the RFL’s New Orleans Thunder in 1999 and AFL2’s Lafayette Roughnecks in 2000.
Coleman again was a member of the SFL Champion Houston Marshalls in 2001 and NIFL Lake Charles Land Sharks in 2002.
His coaching experience led him to the Louisiana Swashbucklers of the NIFL as offensive coordinator in 2006 before becoming the wide receivers coach for the Boise Burn in the Arena 2 league.
White Castle’s quarterback coach during their Class 1A state championship run in 2010, Coleman also was the offensive coordinator of the SIFL’s Houma Conquers in 2009 and head coach of AIFA’s Ogden Knights in 2010.