|Alma Mater:||Florida State, 1997|
James Coley is in his third season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Hurricanes. He joined Al Golden’s staff on Jan. 24, 2013.
This past season, Coley directed an offensive unit that averaged 430.3 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the ACC. Following the 2014 campaign, seven of Coley’s offensive players earned All-ACC honors with running back Duke Johnson and Shane McDermott receiving first team recognition. In addition, tight end Clive Walford became the first Hurricane player to earn Associated Press All-America honors.
The 2014 campaign also saw the emergence of true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. In his rookie campaign with the Hurricanes, Kaaya broke several Miami rookie records, including the school standard for passing yards and touchdowns. Kaaya closed the year with 3,198 yards passing, 26 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions en route to being named ACC Rookie of the Year and received Freshman All-America honors. He became just the third Miami signal-caller to surpass 3,000 yards passing in a single season since 2003.
Coley’s 2014 offensive unit also featured a strong rushing attack, which averaged 180.4 yards per game and featured three running backs that rushed for over 5.0 yards per carry.
In the 2015 NFL Draft, five of Coley’s offensive players were selected in the NFL Draft, including offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (ninth overall/New York Giants) and Phillip Dorsett (29th overall/Indianapolis Colts), being taken in the first round.
In his first season as Miami’s offensive coordinator in 2013, the Hurricanes averaged 425.8 yards of total offense and 33.8 points. Stephen Morris posted his second consecutive 3,000-yard passing season and Allen Hurns set the school single-season mark for receiving yards (1,168).
Coley spent the previous five seasons at Florida State on Jimbo Fisher’s staff – all five as tight ends coach and the last three as the offensive coordinator. As the recruiting coordinator at Florida State in 2008 and 2009, he was instrumental in the Seminoles landing back-to-back top 10 signing classes and was also named the ACC’s top recruiter in 2010 by ESPN.com.
Prior to Florida State, Coley spent one season in his hometown of Miami as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at FIU. He completely overhauled the Golden Panthers offense and established new standards for rushing yardage, as the unit doubled its production over the second half of the season.
He spent two seasons as an offensive assistant with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban. While with the Dolphins, Coley worked with running backs Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown when the duo boasted the NFL’s seventh-best rushing attack. In 2006, he worked with the Dolphins’ receivers, including All-Pro Chris Chambers and Wes Welker, and was responsible for breaking down opposing defenses and self-scouting as the quality control coach.
Coley’s college coaching career began as a graduate assistant at LSU on then-offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher’s staff in 2003 and 2004. The Tigers won the 2003 SEC and National Championships and played in the 2004 Capital One Bowl.
Coley spent six years as a high school football coach in Miami from 1997-2002, first as quarterbacks coach from 1997-99 at Miami Senior HS, where he worked with former Hurricanes stars and current NFL standouts Andre Johnson and Roscoe Parrish. He then spent 2000-02 as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator at Miami Norland HS, where he coached future college stars Dwayne Bowe (LSU), Kareem Brown (Miami), Alexander Bostic III (FIU) and Antwan Barnes (FIU). Coley’s high school coaching career concluded with Miami Norland winning the 6A state title in 2002.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State in 1997 and his master’s degree from LSU in 2004. Coley and his wife Kenia have two children – Madison and Brady.
|Family||wife Kenia; daughter Madison and son Brady|
|Education|| Florida State, 1997 (B.A.)
LSU, 2004 (M.S., kinesiology)
|1997-99||Quarterbacks Coach, Miami Senior HS|
|2000-02||Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Miami Norland HS|
|2003-04||Graduate Assistant, LSU|
|2005-06||Offensive Assistant, Miami Dolphins|
|2007||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, FIU|
|2008-09||Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator, Florida State|
|2010-12||Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends, Florida State|
|2013-Present||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Miami|
|BOWL EXPERIENCE AS COACH (8)|
|2003||Sugar Bowl (LSU)|
|2004||Capital One Bowl (LSU)|
|2008||Champs Sports Bowl (Florida State)|
|2009||Gator Bowl (Florida State)|
|2010||Chick-fil-A Bowl (Florida State)|
|2011||Champs Sports Bowl (Florida State)|
|2012||Orange Bowl (Florida State)|
|2013||Russell Athletic Bowl (Miami)|
|2014||Duck Commander Independence Bowl (Miami)|