The next wide receivers coach for the Texas football program will be an internal hire with the former analyst and Kansas State co-OC Andre Coleman.
After the departure of former co-wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer from the Texas football program and the demotion of Corby Meekins, the search was on to fill one of the most important assistant positions on this coaching staff. The wide receivers coach was much needed to add for both retention and recruiting purposes under head coach Tom Herman heading into the 2020 offseason.
The Texas Longhorns football program really needed to start recruiting better at wide receiver since the Early Signing Period, and to limit the damage before National Signing Day 2020. But that damage for the 2020 and 2021 Longhorns recruiting classes could now be in the past with the announcement of the next wide receivers coach, that came on Jan. 13.
Texas announced on their official football team Twitter page that the next wide receivers coach would be the former analyst Andre Coleman.
Coleman was originally brought about for the Longhorns after his departure from the Kansas State Wildcats last offseason. He was the co-offensive coordinator for Kansas State under former legendary head coach Bill Snyder before his retirement following the 2018 college football season.
Once the former North Dakota State Bisons head coach Chris Klieman was announced as the Kansas State head coach last year, Coleman was out as the co-offensive coordinator in Manhattan. But he did impress the Texas coaching staff, namely Herman, in his prep process for the Alamo Bowl against the No. 11 ranked Utah Utes.
Texas wound up beating Utah in convincing fashion in the Alamo Bowl, by the final score of 38-10. That helped the Longhorns finish out their 2019 season with a record of 8-5 (5-4 Big 12) to save the year from complete disaster under Herman.
Prior to his co-offensive coordinator role with Kansas State in 2018, he was the wide receivers coach at the same school from 2013-2017. Kansas State is his alma mater, where he played his college football from 1990-93.
Coleman also played for the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, and Pittsburgh Steelers, over the course of his NFL career which dated from 1994-1998. He took over as the wide receivers coach for FCS Youngstown State around 12 years after his NFL career ended, starting in 2010.
There’s still a number of positional coach openings for the Longhorns heading into the 2020 offseason. The most notable of those positional coach openings along the Texas staff, at least in relation to Coleman’s promotion, has to be the tight ends coach.