to Camp Pendleton when Duane was a baby. Duane was a talented athlete during his time at Oceanside High School. A Varsity letter winner in football, basketball and track, he
received a full-ride football scholarship to the University of Hawaii when he graduated high school in 1979. After a successful college football career as a wide receiver, Duane was drafted by the Denver Broncos and played for one year before blowing his knee out and being waived from the NFL team.
Dr. Coleman always felt strong ties to his hometown and eventually wanted to end up back in Oceanside. When the Principal position at Jefferson Middle School (another alma mater) opened up, Dr. Coleman applied and was again, offered the job. After five years at Jefferson, he was offered a job at the district where he excelled and was eventually offered the position of Associate Superintendent of Education Services. He knew that path led to a Superintendent position, but was reluctant to pursue anything outside of OUSD. When the former Superintendent, Larry Perondi, retired, Dr. Coleman was again offered a promotion, even though becoming a Superintendent was never on his radar. Many first year Superintendents use their current district to get a job at a larger district, but he wants the Oceanside School District to be his first and last Superintendent position. Wanting to serve Oceanside to the best of his ability, he accepted the position and introduced the “Oceanside Promise.”
Original article : Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Blog
More about Dr. Duane Coleman The Coast News: OHS Grad Named Superintendent, 2014