|Born||September 13, 1946|
Fort Pierce, Florida
|Died||April 23, 2018 71) (aged|
Adams County, Colorado
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1972||Colorado State (WR/TE)|
|1974||Iowa State (assistant)|
|1975–1976||Atlanta Falcons (DB)|
|1977||Georgia Tech (WR)|
|1978||Georgia Tech (RB)|
|1980–1988||Dallas Cowboys (RB)|
|1989–1990||San Francisco 49ers (RB)|
|1996–1998||Baltimore Ravens (RB)|
|1999–2000||Kansas City Chiefs (RB)|
|2001–2003||Eastern Michigan (RB)|
|2003||Eastern Michigan (interim HC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||0–1 (NCAA D-I FCS playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 MEAC (2007)|
Alton Lavan (September 13, 1946 – April 23, 2018) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Delaware State University from 2004 to 2010. Lavan was also as the interim head football coach at Eastern Michigan University for the final three games of the 2003 season, after replacing Jeff Woodruff.He played college football at Colorado State University and professionally with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL).
Raised in Newark, New Jersey, Lavan played prep football at South Side High School, which has since be renamed as Malcolm X Shabazz High School.
As a longtime running backs coach, he coached the following players throughout his various tenures: Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Bam Morris, Earnest Byner, Leroy Hoard, Priest Holmes, Napoleon Kaufman, Errict Rhett, Roosevelt Potts, Donnell Bennett, Tony Richardson, and Kimble Anders.
|Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference)(2003)|
|2003||Eastern Michigan||2–1||2–1||6th (West)|
|Delaware State Hornets (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)(2004–2010)|
|2007||Delaware State||10–2||9–0||1st||L NCAA Division I FCS First Round||15||16|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
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