Commanding Officer-Steel City Naval ROTC - Carnegie Mellon University




A native of Ohio, Captain Coran graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1985, with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and was commissioned at Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island through the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program. In 1992, he earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Following completion of nuclear power and submarine training in 1987, he reported to USS JACK (SSN 605) where he served as Main Propulsion Assistant and Weapons Officer. During this tour he qualified in submarines, deployed twice to the Mediterranean and the Northern Atlantic and was a member of the decommissioning crew. From 1990 to 1992, he served as a Shift Engineer and Operations Officer at the Nuclear Power Training Unit, Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Captain Coran next served as Combat Systems Officer, Navigator and Engineer Officer aboard USS ALEXANDRIA (SSN 757) from 1993 to 1997. During his tour, ALEXANDRIA deployed three times to the Mediterranean and Northern Atlantic. From 1997 to 1999 Captain Coran served as the Director of the Submarine Officer Advanced and Basic Courses and lead instructor for the Intermediate Officer Leadership Continuum at Naval Submarine School, New London, Connecticut.

Following completion of four strategic patrols serving as Executive Officer aboard USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) (BLUE) from 1999 to 2001, Captain Coran was assigned to the Joint Staff (J-8) as a strategic forces planner from 2001 to 2003.

Captain Coran assumed command of USS KENTUCKY (SSBN) (GOLD) in June 2004.  During his command, KENTUCKY GOLD completed an Extended Refit Period and four strategic deterrent patrols, earning numerous Fleet awards including the Battle Efficiency “E” for 2006, the year following KENTUCKY’s Extended Refit Period.  Following command, Captain Coran served as the Deputy Commander, Submarine Squadron Seventeen from 2007 to 2009.

From 2010 to 2013, Captain Coran served as the United States Senior Defense Official / Defense and Naval Attaché to Norway. During this tour, Captain Coran was the principal Department of Defense (DoD) official in  the U. S. Embassy, Oslo, and was responsible to the Ambassador as the principal advisor on defense and national security issues, and served as the single point of contact for DoD matters involving the Norwegian Military.

Captain Coran currently serves as a Professor of Naval Science at Carnegie Mellon University and the Commanding Officer of the Steel City Naval ROTC Unit which serves Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University.

Captain Coran's personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (Kommandør).

CAPT Coran
Commanding Officer