Coleman is in his 21st season as the Cowboys' head coach, making him the longest-tenured head coach at Hardin-Simmons and first among baseball coaches in the American Southwest Conference.
In his first 20 seasons, Coleman has posted a 462-375 record and he is the school's all-time leader in wins. He has led the Cowboys to the American Southwest Conference Playoffs on 15different occasions, including finals appearances in 2001, 2005 and 2016. He has coached 105All-American Southwest Conference selections and seven All-Americans.
HSU won its first ASC West title in 2008 and also claimed the ASC West title in 2011.
In 2016 the Cowboys won the ASC Red Bracket Championship in the ASC playoffs and hosted the ASC Championship series, falling in the decisive third game. HSU rebounded from the worst season of Coleman's career at 13-26 in 2015 to the ASC Championship game the very next season with a team that was comprised of largely the same players from the year before, a testament to his player development abilities.
His team has posted a cumulative GPA of over 3.0 each of the last 20 semesters as he has a simple philosophy on academics, if you can’t do both then we will eliminate baseball from the equation.
Coleman became Hardin-Simmons' 22nd head coach in the 67-season history of the program on June 18, 1997. He joined the Cowboys after seven years in the high school coaching ranks, in which his teams went to the playoffs five times. He led Wolfforth Frenship to the 1993 4A state title game and went 70-30 in three seasons, before moving to Odessa Permian High School. His Panther teams went to the playoffs twice.
Coleman was a standout third baseman and catcher at Lubbock Christian University from 1983 to 1985. He helped the Chaps win the NAIA World Series in 1983 and was honorable-mention All-American in 1983. He transferred to LCU after one year at Oklahoma University, where he earned a scholarship after a stellar career at Monterey High School in Lubbock. In 1981, he helped the Plainsmen to the Class 5A state title and, in the process, set four batting records that still stand today. He was inducted into the Lubbock ISD Hall of Honor this past summer.
Coleman earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from LCU in 1985. He was hired as an assistant baseball and football coach at Coronado High School in Lubbock in 1986, where he remained until 1990. Coleman, who was inducted into the LCU Hall of Honor in 1996, married the former Lisa Everett in 1982.
They have two adult sons, Chad and Brad, both of whom played for their father at HSU. Chad is a coach at Abilene Cooper and Brad is an assistant coach at crosstown rival McMurry. They also have a grandson, Tucker.