Arthur M. "Tonto" Coleman

Title

Arthur M. "Tonto" Coleman

Description

This is a photo of "Tonto" Coleman while he was a football coach at Georgia Tech. He is seated at a desk, fountain pen in his right hand, with what appear to be financial ledger sheets spread on the desk top. Coleman is wearing a light colored jacket, dress shirt and tie. Chairs and possibly a second desk are in the background.||"Tonto" Coleman served as an assistant football coach and assistant athletic director at Georgia Tech from 1952 until 1966 when he resigned to become commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. He retired from that position in 1972 and returned to his home town of Abilene, Texas where he had played football and one been head football and track coach at Abilene Christian College. He died there in 1973. He was known as the goodwill ambassador of college sports. Although he was a big man with a rugged appearance and a sandpaper voice, he was known for his warm, gentle, and polite personality. When he left Georgia Tech, then president Edwin Harrison said to him: "Many people pass through Georgia Tech, but only a few leave lasting memories. You are among those few."

Creator

Source

Publisher

Georgia Institute of Technology. Archives and Records Management.

Date

ca. 1952-1966

Contributor

Griffin, George C., (George Clayton), 1896-1990

Rights

Property of the Georgia Institute of Technology. No access restrictions. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Relation

Format

image/jpeg

Type

Image

Identifier

vac002_002