A Louisiana native, Coleman comes from a family of airshow pilots. He started flying and taking aerobatic lessons at age 10, taught by American aviation legend and Aerobatic Hall of Fame member Marion Cole. Coleman soloed on his 16th birthday and followed his private pilot's licence with a commercial licence two years later. He worked as a flightline technician while earning a bachelor's degree in aviation management from Louisiana Tech University, then launched his full-time aviation career.
At 17, Coleman was recognised as the Highest Placing First Time Sportsman at the 2007 U.S. Aerobatic Championship, and the next year he was third in the Intermediate category. In addition to his current competitive career in racing and his performances in airshows, Coleman works as a contract pilot, while on the ground his passion is the Marion Cole Memorial Scholarship, which he founded to assist young people interested in aviation.