Senior Spotlight: Sean Coleman
Like most college seniors, Sean Coleman is facing changes. With graduation comes the end of an academic era, and for this RMC running back and long snapper, the end of an athletic era as well.
The end of an era, however, won’t mean the end of the world for this senior.
“We have five games left, and I want to finish on a high note,” he said. “Everybody wants to be remembered, but I think we’re leaving the team in good hands, and to leave them with something to feed off of in the off-season would be nice.”
As those five final games tick away, Sean faces the reality of football’s finish.
“It’s daunting to sit here and realize that this is the end,” he said. “After so many years of blood, sweat, and tears, in a few short weeks it’ll all be over.”
These last five games are not just the culmination of four collegiate years playing though.
“I’ve been playing since I was 9 or 10,” he said. “Football was my first love, and in California, it’s a lot more prestigious – it’s definitely more important.”
Leaving his hometown of Riverside, Calif., ready “to get out and try something new,” Sean came to RMC to study aviation management and of course, to play football.
After learning vital lessons in the air, Sean found a different education on the field.
“I’ve learned to never give up,” Sean said. “Over the years, we’ve had our share of bad years, but in the end, I learned you can never give up – just keep trying no matter what the outcome may seem.”
The football coaches have all helped impart those lessons on the players, but Head Coach BJ Robertson especially stuck with Sean.
“Coach Robertson will forever live on in my memory,” he said. “His energy and excitement about the game really kept me honest about what’s really important.”
The experience of being a Battlin’ Bear will leave him with many memories. The brotherhood of the team, the family he found at RMC and Coach Robertson’s mom’s cookies: Sean’s going to miss it all.
Looking back on his time with the RMC football team, he’s thankful for the opportunities, his teammates, and his fellow students
“The fans are what make the team,” he said. “They’re a big part of the Battlin’ Bears in general, and we appreciate all of their support.”
When he’s not on the field, Sean enjoys supporting RMC sports. Especially volleyball – “because it’s indoors and after playing on a field, it’s nice to be inside. People may not believe that, but it’s true.”
After graduation, Sean will face some changes. He won’t be playing anymore, but you can bet he’ll be cheering for the Battlin’ Bears every chance he gets. And although he won’t be formally enrolled in classes, he’ll still be an important part of Rocky Mountain College, working as an admission counselor. He’ll continue to fly, building hours until he’s achieved his ultimate goal of working as an international cargo pilot.
Sean Coleman is facing changes like most college seniors, but unlike many of his counterparts, he’s moving forward with assurance, confident in his next step.