Nearly two months after Dana Dimel left as Kansas State offensive coordinator to become the UTEP head coach, the Wildcats have filled the role internally with Andre Coleman getting promoted.
Coleman was most recently the wide receivers coach and was elevated to pass game coordinator prior to the 2016 season. He had been on the staff since 2013, when he came in as the wide receivers coach. Prior to that, Coleman spent two seasons on the staff at Youngstown State.
This also results in a couple of other internal promotions. Offensive line coach Charlie Dickey and quarterbacks coach Collin Klein have been named co-coordinators. Dickey will coordinate the running game, while Klein will coordinate the passing game.
In a statement, head coach Bill Snyder said, “We are fortunate to have three coaches who have had so much experience in our offense – a total of about 30 years – both past and present. We’ve been blessed to have so many loyal, caring and effective coaches over the years, and these three exemplify those values. I have been pleased with how well these three have worked together.”
I suppose we should have seen this hire coming as just over the weekend, former 4-star player Hunter Rison, son of former NFL pro Andre Rison, who is friends with Coleman, announced he would be transferring from Michigan State to Kansas State.
Coleman played wide receiver for Snyder from 1990-1993 and then went on to play 58 games in the NFL over five seasons and his claim to fame is having a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXIX, which is tied for the second longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history.
Meantime, Charlie Dickey has spent nine seasons on the Kansas State staff and has tutored K-State offensive linemen to 22 All-Big 12 honors since his arrival. As for Klein, the 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up with the Wildcats just finished his first season as an assistant coach with the program. Klein started on the staff in 2014 as a quality control coach and assistant director of recruiting before becoming an offensive graduate assistant in 2015. He then left for Northern Iowa in 2016 where he as the quarterbacks coach, before returning to Manhattan last year.