Doug Colman to coach in NFL

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The Gazette has learned that Doug Colman, the All-South Jersey football player at Ocean City High School and championship coach at Absegami, will be named assistant special teams coach with the Houston Texans by new head coach Bill O’Brien.

The Texans have not formally announced the signing but Coastal Carolina, where Colman had been linebackers and special teams coach, announced Colman’s move on its website. Ironically, Colman is being replaced at Coastal Carolina by Ryan Goodman, an Absegami graduate who played for Colman his senior year.

Before Coastal Carolina, Colman was an assistant coach at Tulane University and at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska, where he played on back-to-back National Championship teams.

Colman played six seasons in the NFL. He was a sixth round draft choice of the New York Giants, being named Giants’ Special Teams Player of the Year as a rookie. He played in Super Bowl XXXIV with the Tennessee Titans.

Colman was named South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year his senior year at Ocean City High School. He also was a fullback for the Raiders, gaining 1,272 career yards, currently the 21st highest total in school history.

His head coach in high school was his father, Wayne, who also played in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.

Colman started his coaching career as a freshmen coach for Ocean City under Gary Degenhardt, then became an assistant at Oakcrest under Scott Parker. He took over the head coaching job at Absegami in 2003.

During his five years at Absegami, his teams were 40-14, easily the best won-lost record in school history. The Braves won three straight conference titles, the only three in school history, and played in two South Jersey finals, winning the Group 4 title in 2006. He had a 6-3 record in four playoff years, the only six NJSIAA playoff wins in Absegami history.

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