Coleman brothers of East Central named to All-DoD Team
East Central Head Coach Robert Walker helps brothers Matt (left) and Nick Coleman celebrate their most recent achievement. Matt and Nick were both recently named to the All-DoD football team for Department of Defense dependents. Nick, a senior, will play football at the Air Force Academy next fall.
EAST CENTRAL -- Military.com and All American Games honored two local high school football players and Department of Defense dependents with their selection to the “All DoD Team.”
Nicholas and Matthew Coleman, who are brothers, were honored in a ceremony on Feb. 28, as Military.com’s Director of Community and Government Outreach, Dr. Randy Plunkett, presented them with an “All DoD Team” jersey and certificate.
The program is designed to honor premier high school football players around the world who are dependents of personnel currently serving in the military. A total of 25 high school players were chosen from around the world, and Nicholas and Matthew were among them.
Players were asked to submit a video highlighting their football achievements. The videos were reviewed and team members chosen by an all-star panel of judges including Wes Chandler, San Diego Chargers Hall of Famer, all-pro receiver, and veteran NFL coach; David Diaz-Infante, 16-year NFL veteran, Super Bowl champion, and ESPN analyst; Sam Wyche, offensive football innovator who led the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl and coached under the legendary Bill Walsh; and Michael Husted, 10-year NFL kicker with Tampa Bay, Oakland, Washington, and Kansas City.
Military.com President and retired Rear Admiral T McCreary said, “Military kids have the added burden of frequent moves and starting new schools every few years. To be able to excel in high school sports in spite of that speaks volumes about the character, integrity, and talent of these athletes.”
“High school athletes on military bases around the world demonstrate all the qualities of determination, competitiveness, and focus that high-profile athletes possess,” Wyche added. “The only difference is recognition. Well, the ‘All DOD’ team selections will take care of that.”
Military.com is the nation’s largest military and veteran online news and membership organization serving active duty personnel, reservists, guard members, retirees, veterans, family members, defense workers, and those considering military careers. Military.com enables Americans with military affinity to access their benefits, advance their careers, enjoy military discounts, and stay connected for life. More information is available at www.military.com.