Resident Feature

Meet the Colemans

Bonded through a love of sports and community

Jordann and Andre’s love story is a college romance that began right here in the East Bay, at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. The two college athletes started dating after some teammates introduced them in 2002. Jordann and Andre both coincidentally wore #2, her for softball and him for football. Andre has the unique claim to fame of scoring the last touchdown in Saint Mary’s history in 2003, their last season. They fell in love and both graduated in 2004. The Colemans married in 2008 in Jordann’s hometown of Sammamish, WA. 

Jordann received her B.S.E. in Business Administration and Sports Management and is now a Vice President and Commercial Insurance Broker at Heffernan Insurance in Walnut Creek. She is also an active volunteer on two boards. She is a board member for the Saint Mary’s College Alumni Association and also for the Maple Syrup Urine Disease Family Support Group (a disease that their son has). Andre, who is a native of Compton, CA, also received his B.S.E. in Business Administration and is now the Maritime Director of the Port of San Francisco. 

As would be expected from two college athletes, sports are a big part of the Coleman family. They are loyal to their hometown teams, even if means rooting against Bay Area teams! Andre loves his Southern California teams, especially the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jordann roots for the Seattle Seahawks. The two older Coleman kids are also very active in sports, and the whole family gets into the competitive spirit. This summer they hosted their own “Coleman Family Olympics” in the backyard. They also enjoy competing for bragging rights in Corn hole and anything else they can make into a competition. 

Sasha, 10 years old, plays soccer (WC Surf), basketball (WCYAA), and softball (WC Little League). She also loves acting and baking; the 5th grader at Walnut Acres Elementary also is involved with theater productions through Curtains Up Youth Theatre and creates delicious baked goods for her family. Carter, 8, plays football (Next Level), soccer, basketball and baseball. He also loves Roblox, Fortnite and Legos. Zara, at 2 years old, mostly tries to keep up with her older siblings and loves Baby Shark and the Frozen movies. 

The Colemans moved to Northgate about three years ago, coming here from the Woodside neighborhood just a couple of miles away in Concord. “The Northgate area was our dream neighborhood,” says Jordann. “We love the community feel with the proximity to so many amenities.” And their neighbors have welcomed them from the start. Jordann is part of a neighborhood book club, which the ladies have nicknamed “The Lady Killers.” “The first few books we read all had female characters who were killers,” explains Jordann. The Colemans have also enjoyed a neighborhood fantasy football league, watching sports with neighbors, and Christmas caroling (prior to the pandemic). The men in the neighborhood swap tips on various home improvement projects and often help each other complete projects around their homes. Jordann is also involved with a new activity that sprung out of the pandemic: a Zoom workout hosted by her next door neighbor. The group has stayed steady even with gym re-openings and closings, another blessing from the pandemic! 

When the Colemans get an opportunity to travel, they love to visit family in their respective hometowns, playing tourists in cities that they are familiar with but haven’t fully explored yet. They also love a yearly trip to Tahoe. 

This active family may be on the go, but as Jordann adds, “We love this area and community. We are so happy to be part of this community and to raise our family here.” 

By Kara Navolio, Resident since 1991

Cover Photo by Julie Cheshire Photography

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