Cross-country runner Sherman Coleman, honored as a national Scholar Athlete by Daktronics and the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics, says he’s setting his sights on achieving faster times for spring track season, which starts Feb. 18.
Coleman, a Tomball, Texas, junior majoring in chemistry, was named one of 170 Scholar Athletes in November – the only one from Louisiana. He has a 3.79 grade-point average.
Junior or senior student-athletes are nominated for maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Coleman, who ran cross-country and track at Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, is one of the few team members with any prior experience, according to head coach Bobby Williams.
“It was different. I was one of the few team members who actually ran cross-country before, so I was able to share some of my knowledge about my previous experiences,” Coleman said. “Overall it was fun. Most of us already knew each other before we were a team, so that made it easier for us to gel.”
Coleman is now looking forward to the track season opener at LSU Twilight on Feb. 18.
“My goals are to work hard and run faster times than I ever ran in high school. It’s been three years since I ran track, but I am starting to get back into the groove of things.”
“I came to Dillard because I thought it would be really cool to move to place with the culture like New Orleans. New Orleans is truly a unique city” said Coleman.
Upon graduation, Coleman says he plans to attend graduate school, perhaps even pharmacy school. He says he’s interested in exercise physiology, but, “Pharmacy is also something I have thought about since middle school. Eventually, I want to use all the knowledge I gain to positively affect the world of sports.”
(Mario Martin contributed to this report.)