Feb. 21, 2008
“I am thrilled to be a part of this staff,” said Coley. “To work for coach Bowden is an honor and I know I will have the opportunity to learn from his years of experience and success. He built
Coley is experienced at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. In addition to his work at
“We are excited to have James Coley join our staff,” said FSU Head Coach Bobby Bowden. “He has been successful from high school all the way to the National Football League. He not only brings a great deal of experience but he is a
In his first season with the Golden Panthers in 2007, Coley needed just six games to revamp the FIU offense. Through the first six contests of the season, Florida International’s schedule featured five bowl teams from 2006. With Coley installing his new offense, the Golden Panthers scored a total of 44 points and averaged 211.7 yards of offense per game but that all changed in the second half of the season. In its final six games FIU’s offense scored 137 points and averaged 327.7 yards per game. On top of more than tripling its points scored in the second half of the year, Coley’s ground game almost doubled its output (85.5 ypg to 152.7 ypg) and the passing offense increased by almost 39% (126.2 ypg to 175.0 ypg).
FIU posted its best offensive performance in nearly two years against Louisiana-Lafayette (11/17/07), scoring 28 points and compiling 391 yards of total offense. The 28 points equaled the previous year’s season-high and the 391 yards were the most since the team had 438 yards of offense in the 2005 season finale against Middle Tennessee. In addition, FIU’s 264 yards rushing against
2007 FIU Offense
Games 1-6 Games 7-12
Rush Pass Total Avg Rush Pass Total Avg
513 757 1270 211.7 916 1,050 1,966 327.7
Under Coley’s guidance, FIU’s rushing offense was the most prolific in school history in 2007. The Golden Panthers rushed for a record 1,429 yards and also set a new school record with 430 attempts on the ground. His offense also became the top fourth quarter offense in school history.
In 2007, Coley coached quarterback Wayne Younger to a freshman and quarterback rushing record 536 yards, including 124 on the ground against
Working primarily with Dolphins receivers in the 2006 season, including All-Pro Chris Chambers, Coley was responsible for future opponent breakdown of defenses and self-scouting as the offensive quality control coach. In his first year with the Dolphins, Coley worked with the team’s running backs as an offensive assistant, including Ricky Williams and first-round pick Ronnie Brown. The duo combined for 1,650 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns to lead the AFC’s seventh-ranked rushing offense.
“James is an outstanding young coach and he did a fantastic job for us both at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins,” said
Coley joined the Dolphins after spending 2003 and 2004 as an offensive graduate assistant at LSU on Jimbo Fisher’s staff. The Tigers won a share of the 2003 National Championship, were the 2003 Southeastern Conference Champions and played in the 2004 Citrus Bowl with Coley working behind the scenes. He was responsible for breaking down tape, assisting in game plans and scouting reports and serving as the signal caller. His focus at LSU was the Tigers’ quarterbacks, which included Matt Mauck and 2007 NFL No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell.
“We are very excited to have James on our staff,” said Fisher. “He is a bright coach and up and coming in our business. He has a great background. He has worked with me before and has knowledge of our offense, what we do and the specifics of it. He also has excellent experience in the NFL where he worked with running backs and receivers.
“James was an offensive assistant there under current Dallas Cowboy offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. He is a great recruiter and a great person who knows the state of
Prior to coming to LSU, Coley was an assistant coach at
Coley began his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant at
He graduated from
Full Name: James R. Coley
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Education: B.A. in English, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (1997)
M.S. in kinesiology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2004)
Coley’s Coaching Career
2007: Florida International University (offensive coordinator)
2005: Miami Dolphins (offensive assistant)
2000-02: Norland H.S.,