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MSU hires Georgia Tech DE/OLB coach Marco Coleman as next defensive line coach

February 9, 2022
<p>Head Coach Mel Tucker during the game against Maryland on Nov. 13, 2021, at Spartan Stadium.</p>

Head Coach Mel Tucker during the game against Maryland on Nov. 13, 2021, at Spartan Stadium.

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Michigan State has added another new face to the coaching staff, hiring former Georgia Tech defensive ends/outside linebackers coach Marco Coleman as the new defensive line coach and run game coordinator for the defense.

The position became available in mid-January when Ron Burton parted ways with MSU after nine seasons with the program. Burton served two separate stints as the defensive line coach from 2013-16 and 2020-21 while coaching the defensive tackles for three seasons from 2017-19. 

"Coach Marco Coleman brings years of college and NFL experience to East Lansing," Michigan State Football Head Coach Mel Tucker said. "We're extremely excited for him to join our family and he is going to help shape future champions."

Coleman played outside linebacker at Georgia Tech for three seasons before being selected 12th overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 1992 NFL Draft. He converted to defensive end in his second season in the league and went on to play 14 seasons for the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Washington Football Team, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos. In 2000, he was named a Pro Bowler while playing for Washington, recording a career-high 12 sacks. 

After retiring in 2005, Coleman spent time away from football before returning to the NFL as a coaching fellow for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 while also coaching at a Florida high school. He earned his first full-time coaching gig with the Oakland Raiders one year later as the assistant defensive line coach. Then he joined his alma mater in 2019, where he has served on the staff for three seasons. 

Coleman is now the third coach to be hired to Head Coach Mel Tucker’s staff. Last month, Effrem Reed was hired as the running backs coach, replacing William Peagler, and Brandon Jordan was hired as a defensive ends coach/pass rush specialist, replacing former defensive backs coach Travares Tillman, who coincidentally accepted a position on the Georgia Tech staff.

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