Cecil Coleman
Biographical details
Born(1924-04-12)April 12, 1924
DiedFebruary 27, 1988(1988-02-27) (aged 63)
Urbana, Illinois
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall37–13 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
2 CCAA (1959–1961)

Cecil Noble Coleman Jr. (April 12, 1924 – February 27, 1988) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Fresno State College—now known as California State University, Fresno—from 1959 to 1963, compiling a record of 37–13. Coleman was the athletic director at Fresno State from 1963 to 1971, at Wichita State University from 1971 to 1972, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1972 to 1979.

Coleman played college football at Arizona State University, from which he graduated in 1950. He was the starting quarterback for the Sun Devils and captain of the 1949 Arizona State Sun Devils football team. Coleman began his coaching career in 1950 at North High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He coached there for six seasons before moving on to Long Beach City College in 1956. Coleman returned to his alma mater, Arizona State, in 1957 and worked as an assistant under head coach Dan Devine for two seasons.[1]

Coleman died at the age of 63, on February 27, 1988, at the Carle Clinic in Urbana, Illinois.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1959–1963)
1959 Fresno State 7–3 5–0 1st
1960 Fresno State 9–1 5–0 1st
1961 Fresno State 10–0 5–0 1st W Mercy
1962 Fresno State 7–3 4–1 2nd
1963 Fresno State 4–6 2–2 4th
Fresno State: 37–13 21–3
Total: 37–13
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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