Al Lavan

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Al Lavan
Biographical details
Born(1946-09-13)September 13, 1946
Fort Pierce, Florida
DiedApril 23, 2018(2018-04-23) (aged 71)
Adams County, Colorado
Playing career
1964–1967 Colorado State
1969–1970 Atlanta Falcons
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972 Colorado State (WR/TE)
1973 Louisville (assistant)
1974 Iowa State (assistant)
1975–1976 Atlanta Falcons (DB)
1977 Georgia Tech (WR)
1978Georgia Tech (RB)
1979 Stanford (RB)
1980–1988 Dallas Cowboys (RB)
1989–1990 San Francisco 49ers (RB)
1991–1995 Washington (RB)
1996–1998 Baltimore Ravens (RB)
1999–2000 Kansas City Chiefs (RB)
2001–2003 Eastern Michigan (RB)
2003Eastern Michigan (interim HC)
2004–2010 Delaware State
Head coaching record
Tournaments0–1 (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. [1] He played college football at Colorado State University and professionally with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). [2]


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. [3]

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.

Head coaching record

Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference)(2003)
2003 Eastern Michigan 2–12–16th (West)
Eastern Michigan:2–12–1
Delaware State Hornets (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)(2004–2010)
2004 Delaware State4–74–3T–3rd
2005 Delaware State7–46–23rd
2006 Delaware State8–36–2T–2nd
2007 Delaware State 10–29–01stL NCAA Division I FCS First Round 1516
2008 Delaware State 5–65–3T–2nd
2009 Delaware State4–73–46th
2010 Delaware State3–82–68th
Delaware State:41–3735–20
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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  1. "Eastern Michigan fires football coach Jeff Woodruff". The Daily Sentinel. November 4, 2003. p. B6. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Al Lavan, Pro Football Archives. Accessed December 19, 2019.