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Sean Coughlin
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Other Position: Offensive Line Coach | Run Game Coordinator
Experience: 1st Year

Sean Coughlin enters his first season as the Red Wolves’ offensive line coach and run game coordinator in 2019.

With 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to his credit, Coughlin comes to Arkansas State after spending the last 13 seasons at Missouri State. He was elevated to associate head coach for the 2018 campaign and served as the Bears’ co-offensive coordinator since 2016.

“Sean has enjoyed great success as an offensive line coach, and he brings a wealth of experience working with the position to our staff,” said A-State head coach Blake Anderson. “He’s proven that he can develop talent to an elite level. His impact with players on the field and in the meeting rooms makes him a great addition to our program.”

Coughlin also oversaw the offensive line since 2008 after previously serving as tight ends and fullbacks coach his first two years with the program. During his tenure, Coughlin’s linemen earned Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) Offensive Lineman of the Week honors 14 times, with 13 all-conference selections and five NFL players.

In 2010, standout lineman David Arkin earned consensus All-America and second-team Academic All-America honors before being picked by Dallas in the 2011 NFL Draft. Former Bears Jake Duron and Riley Shantz also inked free agent contracts during Coughlin's tenure.

Coughlin also mentored Clay Harbor, a consensus All-American tight end and NFL Draft pick to the Eagles in 2010, as well as Randy Richards, an AP and AFCA All-America selection. Richards enjoyed NFL stints with the Chargers and Buccaneers before catching on in the CFL with Saskatchewan and Calgary.

The 2001 Drake University graduate was a standout offensive lineman from his playing days. A three-time All-Pioneer Conference offensive guard at Drake, he was a first-team all-conference choice from 1998-2000 and earned All-America honors from Football Gazette his final two seasons. He was team captain in 2000.

Coughlin coached three seasons at his alma mater, working the 2001 and 2002 seasons as assistant offensive line coach and tight ends coach for the Bulldogs while mentoring two all-conference first team linemen.

He joined the Iowa State offensive staff in 2004 and spent two seasons there while pursuing his master’s in higher education (2006).

The Kildeer, Ill., native earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Drake in 2001.

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