Frankston's Coleman to show off new home

Published on Monday, 30 July 2012 23:29 - Written by Pat Turner

SAN ANTONIO — Treston Coleman is making history.

When the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. today in the Alamodome, Coleman will be Frankston’s first player to participate in the contest. The All-East Texas running back wants to make that opportunity memorable.

Coleman already has memorable credentials from Frankston, rushing for 2,096 yards during this past season’s 4-7 campaign, while totaling 4,208 career yards. That happened in Class 2A football. This game gives him a chance to show what he can do against some of the best players in Texas in all classifications.

“That is really an honor,” the 5-10, 230-pound Coleman said. “I’m going to go out and hopefully help put Frankston on the map. I really feel blessed. I’m going to try to have as much fun as I can.”

This year’s all-star event couldn’t have worked out better for Coleman. Since he signed with UT San Antonio this past February, playing in the Alamodome, the stadium he’ll call home in college, gives the Frankston product a chance to give a preview of things to come.

“This is a good thing,” Coleman said. “I have a chance to get my name out and show what I can do.”

Coleman has already had a taste of life in the Alamo City. Following high school graduation, he enrolled at UTSA to take classes and get a feel for college football during summer workouts.

The early drills won’t be as intense as the ones coming up in a few weeks in two-a-days, but it still is a good way to break the ice. Coleman already feels like he is fitting into the scheme of things.

“It’s a big transition obviously coming from a small town like Frankston to a city like San Antonio,” Coleman said. “This is helping me see what it’s like because when you’re at a small school you don’t go against a lot of college-type athletes. I’ve already learned so much. Our strength and conditioning coaches help us to be the best we can be on the field. Our academic advisors want us to excel. UTSA is a great place because they want you to be successful on and off the field.”

Playing college football was a dream of Coleman’s since the beginning. When he started producing big results on the football field, it started becoming a reality as several colleges started taking an interest.

When it came down to making his decision, UTSA offered the most opportunities.

Getting to play for legendary coach Larry Coker was a strong selling point. The city was to his liking. What attracted Coleman the most was being part of a new football program that had a bright future.

“San Antonio is a beautiful city,” Coleman said. “Who wouldn’t want to come to a town like this? What really attracted me was the team and coaches treated me like I was already part of my team during my official visit. The players are friendly and fun to be around. There’s no separation from freshmen and seniors.

“The coaches take time out to help you. If you don’t understand something, they’ll work with you to make sure you are prepared. Coach Coker is phenomenal. He has that national championship (at Miami) under his belt. Hopefully, he’ll get us to that level at UTSA.”

UTSA went 4-6 in its inaugural season a year ago. With more experience returning, the Roadrunners hope to make additional strides. This year they’ll shed their independent status by playing in the Western Athletic Conference before moving to Conference USA the following season.

Coleman is ready to be part of that growth.

“I want to be one of the players who help this program grow,” Coleman said. “But we all have to start on the right track. We have to hit the ground running hard and I’m going to prepare mentally and physically the best way I can.”

Coleman proved he was willing to go the extra mile during his progress in high school. The reward is a chance to play in college.

“I had great coaching,” Coleman said. “I put in a lot of hard work on the field. Sometimes I would stay after to get in extra reps. I tried to do every little thing I could to help myself so I could help the team win.”

Now, Coleman looks to do the same on a bigger stage.