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Doug Colman
Assistant Special Teams Coordinator

Doug Colman is in his fourth season as assistant special teams coordinator with the Houston Texans. He is in his ninth overall season in the NFL after a five-year playing career.

Doug Colman is in his fourth season as assistant special teams coordinator with the Houston Texans. He is in his ninth overall season in the NFL after a five-year playing career.

Last season, Colman helped veteran K Nick Novak turn in the signature year of his career and one of the best seasons in franchise history. Novak tied for second in the NFL with 35 field made field goals, which marked his career high and the most in a single season in Texans history. He connected on 16 consecutive field goals from Weeks 11-16, which tied for second in franchise history, and his 127 total points marked the fourth-highest total in team history.

P Shane Lechler added to his storied career by posting the second-highest single-season gross punting average (47.5) in franchise history and finishing the regular season with just three touchbacks on punts – the lowest total of his 17-year career. Lechler was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 8 performance against Detroit.

Rookie WR Will Fuller V also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 4 after taking his first career punt return 67 yards for a touchdown that lifted the Texans to a 27-20 win over Tennessee. Fellow rookie RB Tyler Ervin, the primary kick and punt returner most of the season, finished third in the AFC and eighth in the NFL in punt return average (9.7) among qualified players.

In 2015, ILB Brian Peters tied for the NFL lead with a career-high 17 special teams tackles despite playing only 12 games. Additionally, LS Jon Weeks made his first Pro Bowl appearance after handling snapping duties on every field goal, punt and extra point for the Texans.

In Colman's first season with the team in 2014, he worked with K Randy Bullock, who had the most successful year of his career, and Lechler, who posted the third-highest single-season yards per punt average in franchise history (46.3).

Colman came to the Texans after two seasons as the linebackers coach at Coastal Carolina (2012-13) as well as coordinating aspects of the special teams. The Chanticleers won the Big South in each of his two seasons, and Colman coached LB Quinn Backus to back-to-back Big South Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as All-American status. Colman also coached two separate players to Big South Special Teams Player of the Year honors.

Under Colman’s tutelage at Tulane (2010-11), LB Trent Mackey was a two-time All-Conference-USA selection, earning the Green Wave’s only first-team selection to the all-league team in 2011 after being voted the Louisiana Football Newcomer of the Year in 2010.

Prior to Tulane, Colman spent two seasons at his alma mater, Nebraska, as the defensive quality control coach and was part of back-to-back Big 12 North Championships in 2008 (co-champions) and 2009. The Cornhuskers also participated in the 2008 Gator Bowl and 2009 Holiday Bowl.

Before Nebraska, Colman was an assistant coach for linebackers and special teams for the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe during the 2007 campaign.

From 2003-07, Colman was the head football coach and physical education teacher for Absegami High School in Galloway, N.J. During his time there, he led the team to three straight conference championships (2004-06), four consecutive New Jersey state playoff appearances (2003-06) and the 2006 state championship in the New Jersey South Group IV – the school’s only football state title.

Colman was named the 2004 and 2005 Cape Atlantic League Conference Coach of the Year, the 2004 National Football Foundation New Jersey Chapter Coach of the Year and the 2003 Press All-Area Coach of the Year. One of the highlights of his prep coaching career came in 2006 when he served as the head coach for the Adam Taliaferro New Jersey All-Star game.

Colman began his coaching career in the prep game in 2001 at his high school alma mater, Ocean City (N.J.) High School, where he was a freshman football coach. Following a one-year stint at Ocean City, he spent the 2002 campaign as the assistant football coach and physical education teacher at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, N.J.

Colman played linebacker for the University of Nebraska and its famed Blackshirt Defense from 1991-95. He was a part of five Big 8 Conference championships and back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995. In each of his four years, Colman and Nebraska played for the national championship, facing Miami (Fla.) in the 1992 and 1995 Orange Bowls, Florida State in the 1994 Orange Bowl and Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

Following his collegiate career, Colman was selected in the sixth round (171st overall pick) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He spent five seasons in the NFL (1996-2000), playing a total of 64 games for the Giants, Tennessee Titans (including Super Bowl XXXIV) and Cleveland Browns. While with the Titans in 1999, Colman was a part of the Music City Miracle during the end of a Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills.

Colman starred at Ocean City High School, where he is a member of the Hall of Fame. A native of Ventnor, N.J., Colman received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Nebraska in 2001. Colman’s father, Wayne, played nine seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. Colman and his wife, Colleen, have five children: Logan Marie, Sarah, Matthew, Grace and Anna. 

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