Eric Coleman joined the Florida Atlantic University staff in October of 2016 as the Associate Director of Athletics/Director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence before being promoted to his current position of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academics and Student Development in 2018. In addition, Coleman is responsible for the direct sport supervision of FAU’s women’s tennis, men’s/women’s golf and men’s/women’s swimming and diving teams from (2016-2019) and currently oversees women’s basketball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer.
FAU’s Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence provides support for nearly 450 student-athletes including first-generation college students as well as those with documented learning disabilities.
Coleman provides leadership, training and supervision for 10 full-time advisors, four full-time graduate interns and 50 part-time staff members that support student-athletes in athletics, academic counseling, life skills, career preparations and tutoring.
Since Coleman’s arrival on campus, Florida Atlantic student-athletes have excelled in the classroom. FAU student-athletes have posted ten consecutive semesters of a 3.0 GPA. FAU saw 14 of its 19 varsity teams earn a perfect eligibility score, including eight teams posting a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score. That collective effort enabled the Owls to post a 992 APR for the 2018-19 year which is the highest single year score in department history.
Coleman and his staff have also cultivated an environment that supports community service. FAU earned the Conference USA SAAC Cup and has performed nearly 5,000 hours of community service in each of the last two academic years.
Prior to FAU, Eric was a member of the Student Services staff at Fresno State. Coleman was responsible for the management and oversight of the academic and student services operation for all student-athletes. During the 2014-15 academic year Fresno State's student-athlete population posted a 3.12 GPA, which is the highest ever on record for an entire year. Fourteen Fresno State sport programs posted team GPAs of over 3.0, which is the first time that many programs tallied above a 3.0, since 2006-07. Additionally, 60 percent the student-athletes posted GPAs of 3.0 or higher for the spring 2015 semester.