Name: Nick Coffman
Social Media Handle/Username: @thatcoffman
Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: My name is Nick Coffman. I’m a husband, a father, and someone who’s willing to try anything. Originally from St. Louis, I now take off my shoes in Chicago.
I am an athletic academic coordinator for college athletes (which is just a fancy way of saying I am the personal assistant for a bunch of 20-year-olds). I got into this profession because of my time as a college football player. Two torn ACLs took my playing career away from me and left me directionless. The lost feeling I suffered from lead me to taking a position as an academic coordinator. I wanted to make it my mission to keep others from feeling the way that I did.
When not molding young minds, I am writing comedy (sketches, pilots, satire, podcasts). I’ve produced, written, and performed in numerous sketch shows at Second City Chicago. My favorite memory there so far was performing in my first sketch and playing a character who had to explain his questionable search history to his grandmother.
What Inspires You Every day? : The fact that we can surprise ourselves everyday, and find out what we are truly capable of. Life is random, why can’t we be too?
What is some words of wisdom you live by?: Take risks. The no is better than never knowing.
What is your ultimate goal in life? : I would like to have a full writing career in LA. Making amazing connections with lifelong friends (in and out of the writing room). I’d also want to be a great dad and husband for my family.
How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : Depression struck during the pandemic. There were a lot of sad thoughts and anger about the situation. I started seeing my therapist again, after some time away. I also made time for one of my oldest hobbies, gaming. I started streaming on Twitch in August. It’s been a nice experience, meeting new people and setting time aside for something I love.
What is a message you would like to give others? : If you want to do something or talk to someone, I know it’s scary, but take the first step to make it a reality. The first step is making your desires known to others.
What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I caught one of Blake Griffin’s shoes in Chicago a few years back. I would love to give him one of mine, if someone could hook me up with his contact info. It’s only fair.