BILL WALSH NFL DIVERSITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP ATTRACTS RECORD 161 PARTICIPANTS

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BILL WALSH NFL DIVERSITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP ATTRACTS RECORD 161 PARTICIPANTS

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​BILL WALSH NFL DIVERSITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP

ATTRACTS RECORD 161 PARTICIPANTS

​- PROGRAM INCLUDES 72 FORMER NFL PLAYERS &

RECORD SEVEN FEMALE COACHES -

 

A record 161 minority coaches took part in this year’s BILL WALSH NFL DIVERSITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP, the NFL announced today.

Established in 1987, the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship provides NFL coaching experience to a diverse group of participants every year. The program is named after the man who conceived the idea – late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach BILL WALSH – and exposes talented minority college coaches, high school coaches and former players to the methods and philosophies of NFL coaching staffs. Walsh introduced the concept to the league in 1987 when he brought a group of minority coaches into his San Francisco 49ers’ training camp.

The program has tutored nearly 2,000 minority coaches through the years and has grown to the point that every NFL team participates during offseason workout programs, minicamps and/or training camp. The ATLANTA FALCONS had 10 minority coaches participate in the program in 2018, the most of any team this year.

In 2018, the program included a record seven female participants – ELIZABETH GORE (Cincinnati), ELENA GRIGELEVICH (Baltimore), SHAAKIRA HASSELL (Carolina), JENNIFER KING (Carolina), LORI LOCUST (Baltimore), PHOEBE SCHECTER (Buffalo) and STEPHANIE SHARPE (Atlanta and Washington).

Cincinnati Bengals head coach MARVIN LEWIS, a graduate of the program, had four participants assisting him in 2018 and has seen the development of the program over his career.

“I had the opportunity to work in this program when Coach Walsh initiated it with the 49ers, and it’s great to see it

continue as strong as it is,” said Lewis. “We are happy to bring coaches in to benefit our staff as well as aid in their development as a coach.”

Lewis is one of four current NFL head coaches HUE JACKSON (Cleveland), ANTHONY LYNN (Los Angeles Chargers) and MIKE TOMLIN (Pittsburgh) being the others – who are graduates of the program.


Active NFL head coaches who are graduates of the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship:

HEAD COACH

TEAM

INTERNSHIP(S)

Hue Jackson

Cleveland

1990 with LA Rams; 1992 with Arizona, 1995 with Washington

Marvin Lewis

Cincinnati

1988 with San Francisco; 1991 with Kansas City

Anthony Lynn

Los Angeles Chargers

2000 with Denver

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh

2000 with Cleveland







2018 BILL WALSH NFL DIVERSITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP PARTICIPANTS

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PARTICIPANTS (BACKGROUND & PRESENT AFFILIATION)

Arizona Cardinals

4

Steve Aycock (Winston Salem State), Curtis Fuller (Former Player; Former NFL Coach), Jarrail Jackson (Former Player; Central Oklahoma), Addison Williams (Furman)

Atlanta Falcons

10

Cheston Blackshear (Former Player; Dartmouth), Chris Cook (Tennessee-Chattanooga), Rich Freeman (Morehouse College), Tsuyoshi Kawata (Stanford), Milton Patterson (Clark Atlanta), Stephanie Sharpe* (Tarleton State), Darnell Stapleton (Former Player; Sam Houston State), Leon Washington (Former Player), Jonathan Webster (Northwest Mississippi), Nathaniel Willingham (Stanford)

Baltimore Ravens

6

Ron Carpenter (Former Player, Accelerated HS), Elena Grigelevich (Bryant University), Edgar Jones (Former Player; Camp Gladiator), Lori Locust (Team America/Lehigh Valley Steelhawks/Susquehanna Township), Brandon McKinney (Former Player; Central State), Todd Pinkston (Former Player; Austin Peay)

Buffalo Bills

6

Ray Caldwell (Mississippi Valley State), Byron Hardman (Troy), Damione Lewis (Former Player), Scoop Reed (Marcus HS), Phoebe Schecter (Bryant University), Stephen Thomas (Princeton)

Carolina Panthers

5

Everette Brown (Former Player), Shaakira Hassell (U.S. Coast Guard Academy), Jennifer King (Johnson & Wales (Charlotte, NC)), Steve Shipp (Johnson C. Smith University), David Stuckman (Appalachian State)

Chicago Bears

6

Jason Brooks (Colby College), Travis Fisher (Former Player; Nebraska), Chris Jackson (Former Player), Thaddaeus Ward (Illinois), Ronell Williams (Temple), Corey Woods (Former Player; Limestone)

Cincinnati Bengals

4

Gerald T. Chatman II (Tennessee State), Elizabeth Gore (Houston), Aaron McGinty (Millsaps College), Isaac Kazuo Parker (Lewis & Clark College)

Cleveland Browns

4

Ned James (Former NFL Coach), Kyohei Kosaka (Ashland), Kevin Ross (Former Player), Markus Steele (Former Player)

Dallas Cowboys

3

Thabiti Davis (Former Player), George Selvie (Former Player), Phillip Tanner (Former Player)

Denver Broncos

3

Marco Butler (Gardner Webb), Don Holmes (Under Armour All-American Coach), Buddy Wyatt (Kansas)

Detroit Lions

1

Billy Yates (Former Player; Bowling Green State)

Green Bay Packers

4

Nick Barnett (Former Player), Jarrett Bush (Former Player), Brandon Jackson (Former Player; Austin Peay), Antonio James (Morgan State)

Houston Texans

5

Antonio Banks (Former Player), Benny Boyd (Central Washington), Isaiah “Ike” Charlton (Former Player), Jerry Mack (Rice), Opetaia Tuiava (Colorado School of the Mines)

Indianapolis Colts

4

Martin Bayless (Former Player), Cato June (Former Player, Howard), Jaimie Thomas (Former Player; Dickinson College), Reggie Wayne (Former Player)

Jacksonville Jaguars

4

Kareem Jackson (Fort Valley State), Mel Mills (Franklin College), Kawika Mitchell (Former Player; Orangewood Christian), Dwayne Stukes (Former Player)

Kansas City Chiefs

6

Shawn Barber (Former Player), Jarrod James* (North Carolina), Skylor Magee (Georgia State), Lawal McCray (Bethune-Cookman), Denarius McGhee (Montana State), Natrone Means (Winston Salem State)

Los Angeles Chargers

9

Anthony Arceneaux (Southern Utah), Milo Austin (Morehead State), Zohn Burden (Virginia Tech), Drew Coleman (Former Player; Rice), Marcus Dixon (Former Player; Hampton), Quinn Gray (Former Player; Lincoln HS), Michael Jenkins (Former Player; Atlanta Christian HS), Erik McMillan (Former Player; East Side HS), Brandon Moore (Former Player; Colorado School of the Mines)

Los Angeles Rams

4

Torry Holt (Former Player), Tem Lukabu (Mississippi State), Nick Reveiz (Albany State), Allen Suber (Former Player; Bethune-Cookman)

Miami Dolphins

8

Dre’ Bly (Former Player), James Clyburn (Former Player), Garrick McGee (Missouri), Damaso Munoz (Former Player; Keiser), Kenan Smith (Former Player), Darryl Tapp (Former Player), Todd Washington (Former Player), Dalton Williams (Garden City City College)

Minnesota Vikings

8

Stephen Bravo-Brown (Wake Forest), Erik Frazier (Northwestern), Cornell Jackson (UTEP), Jarrod James* (North Carolina), Kenard Lang (Former Player), Willie Offord (North Marion HS), Mark Orphey (Montana State), Lenny Vandermade (USC)

New England Patriots

1

Deron Mayo (Old Dominion)

New Orleans Saints

2

Chip Vaughn (Former Player), DJ Williams (Former Player)

New York Giants

6

Joe Dailey (Liberty), Darin Edwards (Columbia), Rashad Johnson (Former Player), Albert Reid (Virginia Military Institute), Robin Ross (Former Player), Cedric Williams (Newberry)

New York Jets

3

Derrick Alexander (Former Player; Avila), Antonio Cromartie (Former Player), Randy Starks (Former Player)

Oakland Raiders

5

Shawn Bryson (Rabun Gap), Tony Carter (Top Shaw Performance), Tashard Choice (Former Player; North Texas), Lawrence Dawsey (Former Player; Florida State), Brandon Johnson (Gilbert HS)

Philadelphia Eagles

3

Reginald W. Hill (Fitness & Training Professional), Holomon Wiggins (Virginia Tech), Nick Williams (Southern Illinois)

Pittsburgh Steelers

8

Javier Arenas (Alabama), Keith Bulluck (Former Player), Christopher Chestnut (Tennessee State), John Gray (Union College), Tyrone Greenwood (Delaware State), Marcus Hughes (Saddleback College), Kurt Kennedy (Samford), Todd Yoder (Former Player)

San Francisco 49ers

9

Robert Flager (Ribault HS), Van Malone (SMU), Ricky Manning, Jr. (Former Player), Lamar Owens (Georgia Tech), Chris Samuels, Roman Sapolu (Nebraska), Jonathan Scott (Episcopal School of Dallas), Chidera Uzo-Diribe (Colorado), James Willis (Former Player)

Seattle Seahawks

3

Kai Brown (New Mexico State), Tarvaris Jackson (Former Player; Alabama State), Sam Madison (Former Player)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3

Marvine Clecidor (Princeton), John Johnson (South Dakota), Vavae Tata (USC)

Tennessee Titans

9

Fred Baxter (Former Player), Jeffery Braxton (Delaware State), Dialleo Burks (Former Player), Ukwu Collins (East Tennessee State), Peter Davila (University of Indiana Pennsylvania), Michael Griffin (Former Player), Abdul Hodge (Former Player), Echuku Ndukwe (Former Player), Donnie Nickey (Former Player)

Washington Redskins

7

Robert Butler (Grambling State), Akeem Davis (Former Player; Southern Mississippi), Chad Lucas (Former Player; Alabama State), Stephanie Sharpe* (Tarleton State), Rod West (Richmond), Eddie Whitley (Former Player; Bridgewater College), Alvis Whitted (Former Player; Colorado State)

*Jarrod James (Kansas City, Minnesota) and Stephanie Sharpe (Atlanta, Washington) participated in the fellowship with multiple teams during offseason workout programs and training camp.

 

2018 NFL COACHES WHO ARE GRADUATES OF

BILL WALSH NFL DIVERSITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP

 

CLUB

COACH

POSITION

Arizona Cardinals

Al Holcomb

Defensive Coordinator

 

Byron Leftwich

Quarterbacks

Kirby Wilson

Running Backs

Atlanta Falcons

Keith Armstrong

Special Teams Coordinator

 

Raheem Morris

Asst. Head Coach/Passing Game Coordinator

Baltimore Ravens

Richard Angulo

Asst. Offensive Line

 

Chris Hewitt

Secondary

 

Chris Horton

Asst. Special Teams

Buffalo Bills

David Culley

Quarterbacks

Carolina Panthers

Richard Rodgers

Asst. Defensive Back

 

Eric Washington

Defensive Coordinator

Chicago Bears

Charles London

Running Backs

Cincinnati Bengals

Marvin Lewis

Head Coach

 

Teryl Austin

Defensive Coordinator

 

Jacob Burney

Defensive Line

Cleveland Browns

Hue Jackson

Head Coach

 

Adam Henry

Wide Receivers

Clyde Simmons

Defensive Line

DeWayne Walker

Defensive Backs

Dallas Cowboys

Gary Brown

Running Backs

 

Leon Lett

Defensive Tackles

Denver Broncos

Curtis Modkins

Running Backs

Detroit Lions

Robert Prince

Wide Receivers

Green Bay Packers

Jay Hayes

Asst. Defensive Line

Jacksonville Jaguars

Perry Fewell

Secondary

Keenan McCardell

Wide Receivers

  

Ron Middleton

Tight Ends/Asst. Special Teams

 

Tyrone Wheatley

Running Backs

Kansas City Chiefs

Al Harris

Cornerbacks

Los Angeles Chargers

Anthony Lynn

Head Coach

Marquice Williams

Defensive Assistant

Los Angeles Rams

Skip Peete

Running Backs

Miami Dolphins

Andre Carter

Asst. Defensive Line

 

Tony Oden

Defensive Backs

 

Eric Studesville

Run Game Coordinator/Running Backs

Minnesota Vikings

Darrell Hazell

Wide Receivers

Andre Patterson

Defensive Line

Robert Rodriguez

Asst. Defensive Line

New Orleans Saints

Leigh Torrence

Defensive Asst.

New York Giants

Anthony Blevins

Asst. Special Teams

Gary Emanuel

Defensive Line

Thomas McGaughey

Special Teams Coordinator

 

Lunda Wells

Tight Ends

 

Ben Wilkerson

Asst. Offensive Line

New York Jets

David Diaz-Infante

Asst. Offensive Line

Karl Dorrell

Wide Receivers

Oakland Raiders

Marco Coleman

Asst. Defensive Line

Philadelphia Eagles

Trent Miles

Offensive Quality Control

 

Duce Staley

Asst. Head Coach/Running Backs

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Tomlin

Head Coach

  

James Daniel

Tight Ends

Seattle Seahawks

Jethro Franklin

Asst. Defensive Line

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brentson Buckner

Defensive Line

 

Stephen Nicholas

Defensive Quality Control

 

Anthony Perkins

Asst. to the Head Coach

 

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