Tolar coaching great to be honored Saturday

Former Tolar coach Jim Coleman will be inducted into the Six-Man Coaching Hall of Fame Saturday. Ceremonies will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls as part of the Six-Man All-Star Game. Coleman coached the Rattlers from 1962-76, posting a 102-46-3 record. His teams won seven district championships in a time when teams had to win district to advance to the playoffs. Three times Coleman’s teams won 11 games, which is still a Tolar record. In 1966 the Rattlers finished 11-0-1 and tied Turnersville for the regional championship, which was as far as six-man teams could advance then. The 1971 Rattlers finished 11-1 and won the region, and the 1975 team was 11-2 and reached the state semifinals. The Rattlers began playing 11-man football in 1976 and Coleman retired from coaching. Coleman held a variety of offices in the Six-Man and Eight-Man Coaches Association, including president, vice president and historian.