Defensive Ends/Outside Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator
Gerald Chatman enters his second season on Rod Reed’s staff at Tennessee State in 2018, working directly with the defensive ends and outside linebackers. In 2018, Chatman picked up the duties of special teams coordinator.
In his first season with the Tigers in 2017, the defense held opponents to 278.5 yards per game and 19.6 points per contest. The squad ranked seventh defensively in all of FCS play. Chatman helped Ebenezer “Ebo” Ogundeko earn his third All-Ohio Valley Conference selection.
Chatman comes to Nashville after serving as the defensive line coach at Elon during the 2016 season.
Chatman spent a portion of the 2016 NFL preseason as a defensive coaching intern with the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos. During his time with the Broncos he worked with the inside and outside linebackers.
Chatman spent the 2015 season working with the defensive line at Texas A&M University as a defensive graduate assistant. The Aggies posted an 8-5 record and played in the Music City Bowl. His coaching assisted defensive end Myles Garrett to All-SEC and All-America honors.
During the summer of 2015, he worked as a defensive coaching intern with the Green Bay Packers where he assisted with both the defensive line and linebacker units. He was also selected to participate in the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.
Chatman spent the 2014 campaign as the defensive line coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at Butler University. In part due to his defensive line’s play, Butler led the Pioneer Football League in rushing defense and was second in sacks. Chatman had one player earn all-conference accolades.
Chatman worked as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. While with the Cardinals, Chatman mentored two high-profile defensive ends. Jonathan Newsome earned first-team All-Mid American Conference honors under the guidance of Chatman. Upon graduation, Newsome was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The second Cardinal to earn all-conference honors under Chatman was defensive tackle Nathan Ollie. During Chatman’s time at BSU, the program played in consecutive bowl games and posted 19 victories.
Chatman got his start in collegiate coaching at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he was the defensive line coach from 2010-11.
Chatman was a defensive lineman at Wisconsin Oshkosh. He received a bachelor’s degree in educational leadership and human services from Wisconsin Oshkosh. He then earned a master’s degree in adult and community education from Ball State.