Coming from a family of musicians (both parents opera singers, his mother having been nominated for a Grammy, and his father a professor at UIUC), Camden Coleman showed the same inclination, playing piano and cello. But Coleman had always had an interest in sports and athletics as well, prompting his parents to put him in basketball around age 7. Then at age 8, soccer, and when he reached middle school, track and field as well. Coleman would go on to compete in the USA Track & Field (USATF) National Junior Olympics three times, reaching the finals two of those three years. While at Uni, Camden participated in all three sports, as well as being a tutor in the Writing Center.
Still, Camden anticipated going to college and focusing on academics, majoring in psychology, with music as a side hobby. Then, the Vanderbilt football team had an open tryout - the first one in years. Despite never have played organized football before in his life, Coleman attended the tryout and made the cut, and began playing in actual games that very same year as part of the special teams. The next year, Coleman was named a team captain of the 2020 Vanderbilt Commodores. Currently, Coleman is entering his fifth year at Vanderbilt in 2022-2023, as a safety and team captain of the Commodores.
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Camden Coleman – Vanderbilt University Athletics