POSITIONS: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
RECRUITING AREAS: Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware
Gavin Colliton is in his 29th season as a member of the W&L coaching staff, with responsibilities for coaching the offensive line. During his tenure, Coach Colliton has also coached the defensive line, defensive backs and special teams in helping lead the Generals to five ODAC titles (2006, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017).
Last season, Colliton helped the W&L offense average 461.5 yards and 34.8 points per game, while finishing second in Division III in rushing offense (403.2 ypg). W&L recorded the second-most rushing yards (4,435), total yards (5,077) and rushing touchdowns (48) for a season in program history, and finished fourth nationally in time of possession. Additionally, the Generals had six games of 400 or more rushing yards, including a season-best 554 yards in a win over Sewanee.
Colliton also helped the 2015 squad set a slew of records, including total offense (5,439 yds.), rushing offense (4,773 yds.) and points scored (417). The Generals led all of college football with an average of 433.9 rushing yards per game.
In 2013, his offensive line helped the Generals finish second in Division III in rushing yards per game (346.7 ypg). His 2012 line helped W&L lead Division III with an average of 363.7 rushing yards per game. W&L also finished fourth nationally in third down conversion percentage, converting 52.8 percent of the time, while averaging 431.3 total yards and 35.3 points per contest.
Colliton is a 1984 graduate of Salisbury University were he was a two-year starter, helping the Seagulls to the NCAA Division III semifinals as a senior. Colliton then joined Salisbury's coaching staff and helped the Seagulls to an NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 1985 and a championship game appearance in 1986.
Colliton, who earned his master's at Salisbury, coached at Central Connecticut and Princeton before coming to W&L. He helped Princeton earn a share of the 1989 Ivy League title.
Colliton also served as the head golf coach at Washington and Lee from 2000-11. He led the Generals to a pair of ODAC titles and to 16th- and 17th-place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
Colliton also helped mentor Nathaniel James '08, who was a three-time All-American and the 2008 winner of the prestigious Byron Nelson Award.
Colliton now serves as an assistant baseball coach for the Generals in the spring.
Gavin and wife, Patti, have two sons, John and Joe. John is a senior at the U.S. Military Academy, while Joe is a sophomore at Roanoke College.