Story courtesy: Trinity Athletics
Trinity University Head Football Coach Jerheme Urban has announced the hiring of two full-time assistant coaches for the 2020-21 school year.
Marcus Coleman and Burt Stuart have joined the Tiger coaching staff this summer, replacing a pair of coaches who left following the 2019 season. Coleman is elevated from his post as a part-time assistant in 2019, while Stuart returns to Trinity after 12 seasons in high school and collegiate coaching.
Coleman will be in his second season with the team and will coach the defensive backs once again in 2020. Following an 11-year career as a player in the National Football League, Coleman had a brief stint as a coach in the Indoor Football League before joining the Tiger staff in 2019. Coleman played for the New York Jets, Houston Texans, and the Dallas Cowboys during his career, amassing over 500 tackles and 25 interceptions. He led the NFL with 30 passes defended in 2002, then recorded seven interceptions to lead the Texans team in 2003.
“I am extremely excited to announce Marcus Coleman will be promoted to full-time assistant and will be leading our defensive backs,” said Coach Urban. “I have had the fortune of knowing Coach Coleman for several years, and we were able to see his leadership, knowledge and passion for the game on full display last fall as he served as a part time assistant. Coach Coleman is passionate about developing young men through the game of football, and he has a pedigree to help develop them on the field as well. It is not every day that you can add an 11-year NFL veteran to your staff, and Coach Michalak and I look forward to the additional thoughts and innovation that he will bring to our defensive room.”
Coleman was a standout at Texas Tech University, earning First Team All-American honors in his final season. He was named to the All-Time Texas Tech Football Team in 2008, as well as being inducted into the Texas Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Stuart joins the Tiger staff as the strength and conditioning coach, having accumulated 20 years of experience in the field. Stuart earned his Bachelor of Science degree in history and political science from Southern Arkansas University, and he earned his Master’s in Education: Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Texas-San Antonio.
“It is with great excitement that I announce Burt Stuart as the next Director of Football Strength and Performance here at Trinity University,” revealed Coach Urban. “This position drew interest from some of the best minds across the country, and we were very fortunate that at the end of the day we were able to bring a former Tiger back home. Coach Stuart has always had a strong passion for developing students in the weight room, and has especially grown his expertise in strength and performance these last four years through the operation of his own training facility. Through his history of coaching at D-III institutions earlier in his career, I have great confidence that he will do a tremendous job in programming not only for our success on the field, but will also ensure that our young men are prepared to leave the facility and attack their studies on a daily basis as well.”
Following three seasons at Memorial High School in Houston, Texas, Stuart first linked up with Trinity from 2003-08. The Tigers won four Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and made four appearances in the NCAA Playoffs during his five seasons with the team. In between four seasons coaching in Alabama and his current position in Laredo, Texas, Stuart also helped San Antonio’s Clark High School to two playoff appearances in three seasons from 2012-15.
Trinity will bring back 19 starters from the 2019 team that shared the Southern Athletic Association Championship, posting an 8-2 overall record and a 7-1 SAA mark. The Tigers rattled off seven consecutive wins to close out the season and tie for their first conference crown since 2011. Coach Urban has registered a record of 38-22 in his six seasons in charge of the Tiger program.