Spartans of UD: Carl Coleman

Oct 18, 2018 | University Relations

Spartans of UD highlights what makes University of Dubuque special – the people who live, work, and study on campus. Carl Coleman is in his fourth season on the Spartans staff serving as the assistant football coach and defensive coordinator. During Coleman’s tenure as defensive coordinator, the Spartan defense has ranked among the conference’s best in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, and pass efficiency defense.

Spartans of UD - Carl Coleman
Carl Coleman
Assistant Football Coach | Defensive Coordinator

1. Why were you interested in coaching at the University of Dubuque?

“Because Coach Z and Coach Durnin called me and offered an opportunity to join the staff. Coach Z is one of the top coaches in the country, and I felt it would be a great opportunity to learn from one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the game.”

2. What will the focus be heading into the Homecoming game for the defensive coordinator?

“To go 1-0.”

3. What work ethic do you expect from players both on and off the field?

“I expect players to be disciplined in all they do, be relentless with their effort, never take a play off or miss an opportunity to get better, and, lastly, be mentally prepared for all of life’s challenges.”

4. Michael Joseph (C’18) is a cornerback on the Chicago Bears practice squad. Under your tutelage, Joseph claimed numerous defensive awards, including, the 2017 Cliff Harris Award. What was it like coaching Joseph and watching his success on the field?

“Coaching MJ was like a day at the amusement park. Every day was a fun, thrilling, and enjoyable experience. MJ was the perfect illustration of taking advantage of all of life’s opportunities.”

5. What is your message to prospective students who want to play football at UD?

“If you want to be a part of a winning, championship tradition, interact with various cultures all while playing the game you love and learning more about yourself as a man by functioning as a member of a team. You will not find a better football program led by a greater man who is all about seeing our athletes graduate and stand on their feet as a productive member of society.”