Coleman will be inducted into the 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 at the 34th Annual Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Dinner/ AFA minor at the Pro Football Hall of Fame located at 2121 George Halas Drive in Canton, Ohio on June 27.

The consecration of this year’s class of 18 new Hall of Famers will see the association’s total number of inductees over 33 years increase from 691 members to 709.

Since the inaugural dedication in 1981, the AFA has recognized 416 players, 103 coaches, 87 executives, 30 officials, 24 trailblazers, 20 media/historians, 13 coaches/kit men, six junior football associates, five involved in the international semi-pro, four from women’s level and one fan.

Coleman has won seven championship rings as a player and one as a coach throughout his career.

He was a starter for four years at quarterback for White Castle and holds the school passing record with 3,013 passing yards in a year while being named most valuable player two years in a row.

A Blue Chip All-American quarterback in 1985 and 1986, Coleman was also a member of the 1986 state championship basketball team and selected MVP in 1985 and 1986 while ranking second in the state in throw the javelin in 1987 in athletics.

Coleman attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in 1987-88 and was selected All-Star Game MVP at quarterback. He then attended Eastern New Mexico University from 1990 to 1992, where he was a second-team all-conference selection.

His professional experience includes the Hammond Thunder Semi-Pro team in 1996 which was the International Champs team and Baton Rouge Bandits Semi-Pro in 1997 which 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 which won the PIFL Championship, Coleman also played with the RFL’s New Orleans Thunder in 1999 and the AFL2’s Lafayette Roughnecks in 2000.

Coleman was again a member of the SFL champion Houston Marshalls in 2001 and the NIFL Lake Charles Land Sharks in 2002.

His coaching experience led him to the Louisiana Swashbucklers of the NIFL as an offensive coordinator in 2006 before becoming the Boise Burn wide receivers coach in the Arena 2 league.

White Castle’s quarterback coach during their Class 1A State Championship in 2010, Coleman was also the offensive coordinator for the Houma Conquers of the SIFL in 2009 and the head coach of the Ogden Knights of the AIFA in 2010.

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