James M. Coleman begins his 11th year with the University of Delaware athletics staff as assistant director for University of Delaware Student Services for Athletes in 2015-16.
Coleman, who joined the UD staff in July, 2005, works closely with Student Services for Athletes Director Tim Morrissey in planning, scheduling, and publicizing educational and developmental programs for Blue Hen student-athletes, providing education and developmental counseling, and coordinating and supervising study halls. He also teaches an orientation class to incoming freshman student-athletes.
In his role as assistant, Coleman primarily works with members of the UD football and men's and women's basketball.
A native of Washington, D.C., Coleman earned his bachelor's degree in sports medicine from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1998 and his master's degree in counseling from Marshall University in Huntington, W.V. in 2001.
While at Marshall University, Coleman served as as an assistant to the assistant director of Resident Services Facilities Management, as a resident directory, and as a complex coordinator.
He joined the University of Delaware staff in July 2002 as a complex coordinator and served for three years before moving into the UD athletics department. As complex coordinator, he was responsible for directing a staff of over 40 graduate, undergraduate, and classified staff and over 1,200 students in on-campus residence halls.
In addition to his current position, Coleman also previously worked as a publicist assistant with Swanson Communications in Washington, D.C., as a student athletic trainer with the National Football League Indianapolis Colts in 1997, served as a clinician at the West Virginia Wesleyan Summer Basketball Camp, was a resident assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan, and served as a physical therapy technician at All Sports Physical Therapy in Greenbelt, Md. He also has served as a youth basketball official.
He served as coordinator of the 2005 Multicultural Leadership Retreat at the University of Delaware, was coordinator of the UD Brother to Brother program in 2004-05, co-coordinator of the Black Student Conference "Surviving and Thriving as a Black Student on a Predominantly White Campus" in 2002, and served as an advisor to the University of Delaware National Pan-Hellenic Council in 2002-05.
He and his wife, Rhonda, and son, DJ, reside in Middletown, Del.