Wales boss and former Swansea City defender Chris Coleman awarded Honorary Degree
11th January 2017
Wales boss and former Swansea City defender Chris Coleman has been awarded an Honorary Degree by Swansea University today.
Coleman, who led Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals last summer, was presented with the MSc (Master of Science) award at the university's Great Hall.
Coleman made nearly 200 appearances for the Swans - making his debut as a 17-year-old in 1987 - before going on to play for Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham.
The 46-year-old, who grew up in the city, won 32 caps for Wales, before retiring in 2002 after breaking his leg in a car crash.
His coaching career began at Fulham, where he joined the backroom staff under Jean Tigana before being becoming hte youngest manager in the Premier League.
Spells at Real Sociedad, Coventry City and Greek side Larissa followed, before Coleman was appointed Wales' new boss in 2012.
He then guided his country to the last four of the European Championships in France, with his side beating Slovakia, Russia, Northern Ireland and Belgium along the way.
Coleman said: "I am delighted and honoured to have received this recognition from Swansea University.
"It means so much that the recognition comes from my home city. I accept this on behalf of all my family and friends who have helped me succeed in my chosen profession. Thank you."
In October 2016, Coleman was given the freedom of Swansea, a privilege also enjoyed by footballer Mel Nurse, who was awarded an honorary degree from Swansea University in 2015.
In January this year he was appointed an OBE for services to football in the New Year Honours list.