Walt Coleman is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since 1989. Coleman served as a line judge for the first six seasons before being promoted to referee at the start of the 1995 NFL season. Over his NFL career, he has worked two conference championship games (1998 and 2003). Coleman wears the uniform number 65.
Coleman worked for the Arkansas Activities Association, the governing body for high school athletics in Arkansas, for 14 years before moving up to the college level. His college officiating career included five years in the Southland Conference (Division I-AA) and five years in the Southwest Conference (Divsion I). He was never promoted to referee during his college officiating career, which was unusual for officials eventually hired by the NFL.
Coleman resides in Little Rock, Arkansas and is a fifth-generation family operator of Coleman Dairy.
Outside of officiating, Coleman serves on many local boards and associations including the Little Rock Boys and Girls Club and Greater Little Rock YMCA. Coleman is a former president of the Arkansas Dairy Products Association and Major Sports Association of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.