Angelina College will honor long-time women's head basketball coach Dwan Coleman on Saturday, Feb. 5th at Shands Gymnasium.
The ceremony will take place at half time of the Lady Roadrunners' game with San Jacinto College; that game will tip off at 2 p.m.
Coleman coached the Lady Roadrunners from 1981 through 2005, amassing 398 wins during his tenure. In those 25 years, Coleman was instrumental in seeing numerous players leave Angelina College on their way to playing in the higher levels of college basketball. One of his former players, Ashley Walker, currently is the assistant for the Lady Roadrunners, serving in that capacity since Coleman's retirement in 2005.
"He was such an all-around great guy in every aspect," Walker said of Coleman. "I appreciate the things I learned here at Angelina College, and it was great and enjoyable atmosphere playing for him. Now that I'm on the other side, I appreciate his feedback even now. I appreciate that he's still out here supporting us.
"The good thing is he doesn't get as red in the face now as he did sitting on the sidelines," Walker laughed.
Current Lady Roadrunners head coach Byron Coleman served as an assistant to Dwan Coleman for several years, and says that such recognition is overdue – although the former head coach preferred to avoid such attention as long as possible.
"It' a big deal when you consider he served for 24 years of the school's 40-plus year existence," Byron Coleman said. "We've held off just because he's so modest and doesn't like the limelight, but we feel it's time to honor someone who meant so much to the school and this program.
"He did it all the right way. He did it with good kids who came in and took care of business. He had some model students, and he never sacrificed education for wins. He has a lot of friends in this sport, and he's built such a good reputation by doing things the right way."
A number of Coleman's former players are expected to attend the ceremony.