Sunday, August 28, 2016

UAPB Coleman retools staff, eyes turnaround

PINE BLUFF, Arkansas — Monte Coleman rebuilt a large chunk of his coaching staff in 2010 following a sluggish two seasons as Arkansas-Pine Bluff head coach. Three seasons after that makeover, the Golden Lions won their first outright Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.

Coleman is hoping a similar reboot can have similar results.

Coleman begins his ninth season as UAPB’s coach this year trying to snap a skid of three consecutive losing seasons. He’s hoping some fresh faces and new ideas among his coaching staff, particularly on offense, can breathe new life into a program that is 8-25 since winning the SWAC title in2 012.

“There was a sense of need for something different,” he said. “It’s a real tough business. Just wanted to go in a different direction and that’s what we did.”

Coleman’s staff makeover includes the addition of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ted White, wide receivers coach Mark Fredericks, linebackers coach Damion Frenchie and defensive line coach Carrillo Santos. Frenchie is actually the second linebackers coach he’s hired since the end of last season. Stanley Smith resigned about a week before practice started to tend to his pregnant fiance, Coleman said.


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