READY FOR NFL
As an assistant at Miami High from 1998 to 2000, Coley coached future UM and NFL wide receivers Roscoe Parrish and Andre Johnson. He also served as offensive coordinator at Miami Norland when current NFL wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and the Vikings won a state title in 2002.
He was then a graduate assistant at LSU under Nick Saban for two years before moving on to the Dolphins with Saban for two more seasons.
At FIU, the Golden Panthers finished just 1-11 in 2007, but the team was coming off an 0-12 season and was in the process of rebuilding when Coley left to join the Seminoles.
Coley is the sixth assistant to leave Fisher’s program since the season ended. Running backs coach Eddie Gran left to become the offensive coordinator at Cincinnati; defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot left to become defensive coordinator under Mark Stoops (FSU’s former defensive coordinator); quarterbacks coach Dameyune Craig went to Auburn to become co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach; and linebackers coach Greg Hudson left to become defensive coordinator at Purdue.
“Coley was basically responsible for 37 percent of FSU’s starting lineup this season,” Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services said. “He recruited fullback Lonnie Pryor, who was the MVP of the Orange Bowl. He brought in receiver Rodney Smith, tight end Nick O’Leary, offensive guard Josue Matias, center Brian Stork, [defensive end] Bjoern Werner, [cornerback] Xavier Rhodes, [safety] Lamarcus Joyner and [kicker] Dustin Hopkins.
“Werner and Rhodes are projected to be first-round picks this year. The guy knows how to evaluate talent.”