JAMES COLEY | WIDE RECEIVERS
James Coley, former offensive coordinator at Miami and Florida State, was named wide receivers coach at UGA on January 3, 2015.
Coley served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Miami from 2013-15. Prior to joining the Miami staff, he held the position of offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Florida State from 2010-12 and tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at FSU in 2008 and 2009. A native of Miami, he served as an offensive assistant with the Miami Dolphins in 2005-06. His coaching resume also included a stop at 2003 national champion Louisiana State University where he served as a graduate assistant coach.
His experience also includes assistant coaching positions at Miami (Fla.) Norland High School where he was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator (2000-02) and Miami (Fla.) Senior High School serving as quarterbacks coach.
He has coached numerous NFL receivers during his career. At Miami Norland he coached NFL first round picks Andre Johnson and Dwayne Bowe and second round pick Roscoe Parrish; at FSU he mentored first round pick Kelvin Benjamin and fifth rounder Rashad Greene; at Miami he coached first round pick Phillip Dorsett and Allen Hurns; and with the Dolphins he coached Wes Welker.
In 2014, his Miami Hurricane offense averaged 430.3 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the ACC. Following the 2014 campaign, seven of Coley’s offensive players earned All-ACC honors with running back Duke Johnson and Shane McDermott receiving first team recognition. In addition, tight end Clive Walford earned Associated Press All-America honors.
The 2014 campaign also saw the emergence of true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. In his rookie campaign with the Hurricanes, Kaaya broke several Miami rookie records, including the school standard for passing yards and touchdowns. Kaaya closed the year with 3,198 yards passing, 26 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions en route to being named ACC Rookie of the Year and received Freshman All-America honors.