At 5-foot-6, 145 pounds, Quinton Coffield was a durable performer on the gridiron during his prep football career at Marietta High.
He never missed a game.
"I was injured only one time in my junior season when I twisted my ankle in a football game," the 18-year-old Coffield said. "Even then, I was able to come back that Friday night."
RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
In a commitment ceremony at Marietta High’s Sutton Gym Tuesday, former Tiger standout Quinton Coffield (center sitting), who will be a Marietta College Pioneer football player next school semester, poses with his mother Angela (left) and father Gerald (right). Standing are left to right athletic director Rick Guimond, assistant principal Chad Rinard, and MHS head football coach Jason Schob.
Times file photo
Former Marietta Tiger Quinton Coffield, center, gains yardage against the Parkersburg Big Reds in a game last fall. Coffield is planning to play for the Pioneers this upcoming season.
Coffield's physical and mental toughness will serve him well this fall when he suits up in a Marietta College uniform. On Tuesday, at Sutton Gym, he announced his intentions to continue his education and play Pioneer football in a commitment ceremony. At MC, his long range goal is to become a dietician/nutritionist, or IT specialist.
"I've lived in Marietta and been around the Marietta College campus all my life," Coffield said. "It's close to home, and I will be commuting. I just felt it was the right place for me to go to college."
Marietta College is an NCAA Division III school, and a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). The Pioneers, who were 1-9 overall and 1-8 in the OAC last season, are coached by second-year boss Andy Waddle.
"I've talked to Coach Waddle numerous times, and visited the campus," Coffield said. "My position will be at slot receiver. And, I could see action on the special teams as a kick returner. I'm excited."
The Pioneers, like the Tigers, play their home games at Don Drumm Stadium.
"Quinton has a great opportunity at Marietta College," said former MHS head football coach Adam Eichhorn. "He is the type of kid that will not be outworked at practice, on the game field or in the weight room."
At Marietta High, Coffield played on both sides of the football, and was one of the team's principal offensive weapons.
Last season, Coffield rushed for 494 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 249 receiving yards and one score.
On special teams, he had 351 kick return yards and one TD.
In the defensive secondary, Coffield was credited with 48 tackles, 1.5 TFL's, 9 PBU's, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. He also blocked a punt.
In his junior year at MHS, Coffield gained 280 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns. He also had 449 receiving yards with three TD receptions.
On special teams, he had 316 kick return yards, and defensively he had 57 tackles, 2 TFL's, 1 INT and 2 fumble recoveries.
"His size may bring out some doubts in people, but believe me, that is no reflection of his ability," Eichhorn said. "He is as tough as they get.
"Quinton will have a great chance to get on the field as a slot receiver and a kick returner next fall."
An all-around athlete at Marietta High, Coffield was also a track and field standout, who ran the 100, 200, and 400, and was a leg on the 4x1, 4x2, and sprint medley relay teams. He also did the long jump.
"I'm just going to play football in my freshman year," Coffield said. "In my sophomore year, I may do both football and track. We'll see what happens."
Coffield is the son of Gerald and Angela Coffield. He has a younger brother Ethan.2