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 At one point three of the best receivers in NC State history played on the same team together in Torry Holt, Chris Coleman, and Koren Robinson.  All three of them rank in the Top-10 in numerous receiving records in the NC State record books.  Chris Coleman (1995-99) played three seasons lining up on the other side of the field from Torry Holt, who is arguably the greatest wide receiver in NC State history.  Because of who was on the other side of the field, Coleman’s greatness could go unnoticed at times, but his greatness is not unknown to the NC State record books.  Coleman ranks 10th in career receptions (122), 9th in receiving yards (1,909), and his 876 receiving yards in 1998 rank 8th for a single season.

Coleman has been a professional football player, a real estate broker, and a college football coach since his NC State days.  We caught up with Chris recently, and I think it would just be easier to let him tell us his own personal journey.

“I went undrafted in the 2000 draft, but was fortunate enough to make it on the team with the Tennessee Titans. I played on special teams and as a reserve wide receiver. Between those two seasons I played NFL Europe,” Coleman said. “After that second season I bounced around from Arena Football and the CFL. I would’ve liked a longer career. I thought I was good enough to play longer. One thing led to another, and you don’t always control all the variables. I’m definitely grateful to have had the opportunities I have had.”
After his professional football career came to an end in 2003, Coleman worked as a real estate broker for six years.  During that time he earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  But Chris Coleman wasn’t done with football yet.
He has spent the past 6 seasons coaching college football.  Coleman’s first three years coaching were with Lenoir-Rhyne University coaching the wider receivers, punt returners and kick returners, helping the Bears win two consecutive South Atlantic Conference championships his last two seasons there.  The past three seasons, Coleman has served as the wide receivers coach at Southern University, helping guide them to back-to-back division titles and two SWAC championship appearances.
Coleman said that being a NC State football player helped prepare him for all of his professional endeavors since leaving the Wolfpack.
“I think being a college football player prepares you for what you’re about to face in life. The things you to do manage your studies, your classes, your practice, your weight lifting,” Coleman said. “Juggling all the things that a college football player does prepares you for what your going to be doing in life. In whatever profession you are in, you have things that you are expected to accomplish each day.”
Over the past two weeks Coleman has been a part of an internship with the St. Louis Rams, where he has been reunited with his former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.
“I’m around some great coaches. Jeff Fisher is the coach there, and he was my coach when I was with the Titans,” said Coleman. “I’ve been observing how they do things, learning their system, studying their playbook, and I am working with the wide receivers, giving them pointers here and there.”

When he looks back at his time at NC State, the most valuable thing about his time there was the people that he was surrounded by.

“I was surrounded by amazing players and amazing people.  Playing with the likes of Torry Holt & Koren Robinson, and going against a great secondary with the likes of Lloyd Harrison, Jason Perry, Tony Scott, and Adrian Wilson,” said Coleman. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to grow up and develop with those guys. It’s great to be a part of a great fold of receivers over the history of NC State. Dating back to Nas Worthen and Haywood Jefferies, and Eddie Goines right before I arrived. Torry Holt started his era when I came in, and Koren Robinson and Jerricho Cotchery were younger than me. Just a lot of great receivers over time. I am very proud.”

Coleman’s Saturday’s have obviously been tied up over the past six years coaching college football, so he hasn’t been able to catch many Wolfpack games, but he said that he still checks the box score and watches the highlights of every game.

“My blood still runs Wolfpack RED.” Coleman said.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Should Former NC State All-American Catcher Patrick Bailey be an NL All-Star?

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Former NC State All-American Catcher Patrick Bailey is having a great 2nd season in the Majors.

Bailey is batting .286 this season, which is a vast improvement to his .233 average as a Rookie last year. He already has 5 Home Runs in roughly half the at-bats as last season, when he hit 7. His plate discipline has improved, striking out less and walking more. Bailey is on pace to strike out around 30 times less than last year, and is 1 Walk away from tying his total from last year.

Despite not having flashy offensive numbers in 2023, Bailey made a name for himself behind the plate. He currently ranks 1st in the National League in Framing, 2nd in Putouts and 2nd in Pop Time.

Overall, he has the 3rd highest WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of any Catcher in the National League.

As things currently stand, Bailey doesn’t rank in the Top-5 in All-Star voting, but it’s criminal that Sean Murphy (Braves) and J.T. Realmuto (Phillies) have so many more votes.

Last year, 3 catchers made the All-Star team, so Go Vote for Bailey!

 

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Former NC State Running Back Ricky Person Signs with the Seattle Seahawks

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After leading the UFL in Rushing Touchdowns this past season, former NC State Running Back Ricky Person has signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

Person joins former High School (Heritage High School) and College (NC State) teammate Drake Thomas (LB) in Seattle.

After rushing for 1,979 yards and 14 touchdowns at NC State, Person went undrafted, but signed as an Undrafted Free Agent with the Baltimore Ravens, but was eventually waived due to an undisclosed injury.

For the past two seasons, Person has played for the Birmingham Stallions, which was in the USFL in 2023, and the UFL this past season. In 2023, he only rushed the ball 14 times, but this past season, he rushed for 297 yards and 6 touchdowns, and also had 150 receiving yards. This year, Person was elemental in helping lead the Stallions to the USFL 2024 Championship.

 

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Former NC State All-American SS Trea Turner Picks Up 2 Hits in Return from IL

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Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner returned from the Injured List last night, going 2 for 5 from the plate with 1 Run.

Turner has been out since early May with a hamstring strain (missing 38 games), but prior to injury, he was playing about as good as anyone in the league. He is batting .345.

As of yesterday, Turner is 2nd in the National League in All-Star voting for Shortstops, trailing only Mookie Betts, who is running away with 1st place. He has made the All-Star team twice before (2021, 2022)

Turner was a 2-time All-American at NC State. In 2012, Turner was named 3rd Team All-American by NCBWA, and in 2013 he was named 2nd Team by Collegiate Baseball, and 3rd Team by NCBWA and Baseball America.

His 113 career stolen bases at NC State are the most in school history. Turner was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1st Round with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Trea is easily the best Major League batter to ever come out of NC State. Out of all the Wolfpack players to make it to the MLB, he ranks 1st in Hits (1,252), Runs (716), Doubles (236), Home Runs (152), RBI’s (519), Stolen Bases (270) and Walks (322).

 

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DJ Burns talks keys to recent weight loss during Pre-Draft Workout with Pacers

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Pack fans have been wondering how after 2 years in Raleigh, DJ Burns finally figured out how to drop weight, and keep it off. He spoke to reporters during his pre-draft workout with the Pacers.

“Playing at the pace we played today. Doing the work we did today. I probably would have left out with a full body cramp a couple months ago.”

“Keep on improving my pace. Adjusting to the level and speed I’m going to have to play at, at all times.”

“Lots of running. Lots of figuring out which foods I can no longer have, which were almost all of them that I liked. So, just finding new ones that I do like that go along with the plan.”

“This is the third (workout), and I actually travel to Milwaukee tomorrow to workout with the Bucks. And then some more stuff being confirmed that I won’t speak on just yet.”

Burns has worked out for the Lakers, Pacers and Hornets up to this point.

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