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Get To Work…Football Operations

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One of the most unique aspects of the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is the opportunity to provide students with a year of real-world experience while simultaneously earning a master’s degree. Each Friday, we will be showcasing one of our current students, highlighting their graduate assistantship within the Richmond sports community and how they are gaining the type of valuable training future employers want to see.


Just because VCU doesn’t have a football team doesn’t mean our graduate students interested in working in football can’t get experience.  Just ask Chaz Coleman.  He is currently a football operations intern with the University of Richmond.

Over the course of this past season, Coleman’s responsibilities were varied. He assisted in coordinating travel for the team. That includes managing bus or plane arrangements, hotel lodging and team meals. Coleman also handles administrative work for the Spiders coaching staff, facilitates recruit visits and videotapes practices and games.

Coleman has always loved the game of football.  He played in college and, once he realized he would not play professionally, he decided to find another way he could stay connected to the sport. After college, Coleman worked as an intern for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The experience opened his eyes to just how intricate the operations side of college and professional football can be. It was something he wanted to pursue so he applied to the Center for Sport Leadership and landed his current GA with the Spider Football Team.

Coleman had quite a ride with the Spider football team this season.  UR won the CAA Championship and advanced to the national semifinals in the FCS Playoffs before falling to four-time defending national champion North Dakota State.  Chaz also got to experience ESPN’s College Gameday when they set up in Harrisonburg prior to the Richmond’s game at rival JMU (a game UR won!)

While he’s a fan of the game, Coleman understands he has a job to do as he helps the Spiders prepare for the game and, hopefully, a victory.

Coleman believes his graduate assistantship is providing invaluable experience as he works towards of his dream job of working for an NFL team.



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