Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Attracts Record 134 Training Camp Participants

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Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Attracts Record 134 Training Camp Participants

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BILL WALSH NFL MINORITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP

ATTRACTS RECORD 134 TRAINING CAMP PARTICIPANTS

- PROGRAM INCLUDES 47 FORMER NFL PLAYERS -

A record 134 minority coaches took part in this summer’s BILL WALSH NFL MINORITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP, the NFL announced today.

In 2015, the program included its first-ever female participant, DR. JEN WELTER, who was one of seven coaching interns hired by the Arizona Cardinals for training camp.

Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN, who became the youngest head coach (36) in NFL history to win a Super Bowl when he led Pittsburgh to a victory in Super Bowl XLIII, is one of 61 full-time coaches on NFL staffs in 2015 who previously participated in the fellowship program. Tomlin interned with the Cleveland Browns in the summer of 2000 when he was the defensive backs coach at the University of Cincinnati.

“I learned so much from being able to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship,” says Tomlin. “At the time, I was a young college coach, and I was given the opportunity to attend training camp and learn from NFL coaches. It was special. The fellowship gave me my first exposure to coaching in the NFL, and it solidified my dedication to wanting to become a coach in the National Football League.”

Tomlin is one of three current NFL head coaches MARVIN LEWIS (Cincinnati) and LOVIE SMITH (Tampa Bay) are the others – who are graduates of the program.

Smith, who interned with the Arizona Cardinals in 1988, is a huge endorser of the program.

“I had a terrific experience with the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship and I am a big believer in what it can do for young college coaches who are searching for an avenue into our league,” says Smith. “As a participant in the program, I learned so much about what goes into the coaching business on the professional level. The experience and networking opportunities that I had during my time had a very big impact on my career path. Now, as a head coach, I have had the opportunity to hire some very talented coaches who participated in the program. I make it a point to ensure that our program offers those same valuable learning opportunities that meant so much to me during my fellowship.”

Carolina Panthers head coach RON RIVERA knows the value of the program and serves on the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council. The council is comprised of club presidents, general managers, head coaches and assistant coaches, who focus on developing a pipeline of minority coaches, including former NFL players pursuing opportunities in the coaching profession.

“The Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship is essential in creating opportunities,” says Rivera. “You can see the benefits of the fellowship program on virtually every coaching staff in the league and the education provided through the program has been invaluable in the development of many young coaches who may not have received exposure to the NFL without it.”

Established in 1987, the program provides NFL training camp positions to minority coaches every year. The program, which was named after the man who conceived the idea – late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach BILL WALSH – exposes talented minority college coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps. 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 more than 1,800 minority coaches through the years and has grown to the point that now every NFL team participates during training camp.

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

HEAD COACH

TEAM

INTERNSHIP(S)

Marvin Lewis

Cincinnati

1988 with San Francisco; 1991 with Kansas City

Lovie Smith

Tampa Bay

1988 with Arizona

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh

2000 with Cleveland

 




2015 NFL COACHES WHO ARE GRADUATES OF

BILL WALSH NFL MINORITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP

 

CLUB

COACH

POSITION

Arizona

Anthony Blevins

Coaching Assistant/Special Teams

 

Brentson Buckner

Defensive Line

 

Kevin Ross

Cornerbacks

Atlanta

Keith Armstrong

Special Teams Coordinator

 

Raheem Morris

Asst. Head Coach/

Defensive Passing Game Coordinator

Baltimore

Richard Angulo

Tight Ends

 

Clarence Brooks

Defensive Line

 

Bobby Engram

Wide Receivers

 

Chris Hewitt

Defensive Backs

 

Todd Washington

Asst. Offensive Line

Buffalo

Dennis Thurman

Defensive Coordinator

Carolina

Curtis Fuller

Asst. Special Teams

 

Al Holcomb

Linebackers

 

Richard Rodgers

Asst. Defensive Backs

 

Eric Washington

Defensive Line

Chicago

Sam Garnes

Asst. Defensive Backs

 

Derius Swinton

Asst. Special Teams

Cincinnati

Brian Braswell

Offensive Quality Control/

Asst. Offensive Line

 

Jay Hayes

Defensive Line

 

Marvin Lewis

Head Coach

Dallas

Gary Brown

Running Backs

 

Leon Lett

Defensive Tackles

Denver

Samson Brown

Asst. Defensive Backs

 

Tony Coaxum

Asst. Special Teams

 

Eric Studesville

Running Backs

 

Tyke Tolbert

Wide Receivers

Detroit       

Teryl Austin

Defensive Coordinator

 

Curtis Modkins

Running Backs

 

Robert Prince

Wide Receivers

 

Ron Prince

Asst. Head Coach/Tight Ends

Houston

Charles London

Running Backs

 

Anthony Pleasant

Defensive Assistant

Indianapolis

Gary Emanuel

Defensive Line

Jacksonville 

Ron Middleton

Tight Ends/Asst. Special Teams

 

Kelly Skipper

Running Backs

 

DeWayne Walker

Defensive Backs

Kansas City

David Culley

Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers

 

Al Harris

Defensive Assistant/Secondary

Miami Dolphins

Jeff Burris

Defensive Assistant

 

Terrell Williams

Defensive Line

New York Giants

Tim Walton

Secondary/Cornerbacks

 

Lunda Wells

Asst. Offensive Line

New York Jets

Karl Dorrell

Wide Receivers

 

Pepper Johnson

Defensive Line

 

Daylon McCutcheon

Asst. Defensive Backs

Oakland

Jethro Franklin

Defensive Line

 

Rod Woodson

Asst. Defensive Backs

Philadelphia

Duce Staley

Running Backs

Pittsburgh

James Daniel

Tight Ends

 

Carnell Lake

Defensive Backs

 

Mike Tomlin

Head Coach

St. Louis

Joe Bowden

Asst. Linebackers

 

Clyde Simmons

Asst. Defensive Line

San Diego

Andrew Dees

Asst. Offensive Line

 

Don Johnson

Defensive Line

 

Ollie Wilson

Running Backs

San Francisco

Thomas McGaughey Jr.

Special Teams Coordinator

Seattle

Michael Barrow

Linebackers

Tampa Bay

Lovie Smith

Head Coach

Tennessee

Nick Eason

Asst. Defensive Line

 

Tracy Rocker

Defensive Line

 

2015 BILL WALSH NFL MINORITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP PARTICIPANTS


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PARTICIPANTS (BACKGROUND & PRESENT AFFILIATION)

Arizona Cardinals

7​​

Rashied Davis (Former Player​), Emile Harry (Former Player), Rod Hood (Former Player), David Kelly (Former CFL Coach), Keith McKenzie (Former Player, Wayne State University), Dr. Jen Welter (Texas Revs), Willie Williams (Former Player, HS Coach)

Atlanta Falcons

4

Dennis Dotten-Carter (University of Delaware), Mayur Chaudhari (Lenoir Ryne College), Josh Cooper (Duke University), Deland McCollough (Indiana University)

Baltimore Ravens

1

Vinson Reynolds (Western Michigan)

Buffalo Bills

8

Travis Bush (University of Houston), Kirk Broussard (Former Player), Gabrial Franklin (UTEP), Ernie Gutierrez (HS Coach), Elvis Joseph (Southern University), Chris McAlister (Former Player), Andre Reed (Former Player), Kenechi Udeze (Former Player)

Carolina Panthers

4

Dave Aranda (University of Wisconsin), Mike Brown (Former Player), ShaDon Brown (Wofford College), Miguel Reeves (University of Arizona)

Chicago Bears

3

Marco Butler (Hampton), Cordel High (Rutgers University), Matthew Middleton (South Dakota)

Cincinnati Bengals

4

Kelvin Bell (University of Iowa), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Former Player, HS Coach), Keith Rucker (Former Player, Ohio Wesleyan University),                                         Chuck Smith (Former Player)

Cleveland Browns

6

Ken Amato (Former Player, HS Coach), Reggie Barlow (Alabama A&M), William Green (Jacksonville State University), Anderson Nance (Strength and Conditioning),  Eric Thatcher (University of Pittsburgh), Jason Swepson (University of New Haven)

Dallas Cowboys

3

Aden Durde (Former NFL Europe Player), Marcus Dixon (Former Player), Brandon Smith (East Texas Baptist University)

Denver Broncos

7

Aaron Craver (Former Player), Tim Cross (Air Force Academy), Nick Ferguson (Former Player), Jason Phillips (Former Player), Lenny Vandermade (University of Southern California), KiJuan Ware (Williams College), Gerard Wilcher (Seton Hall University)

Detroit Lions

4

Henry Baker (University of Delaware), Fred Farrier (Morgan State University), Rashad Jackson (East Central Oklahoma), Marquise Williams (University of South Dakota)

Green Bay Packers

2

Keith Little (Bethune-Cookman University), Gerald Chatman (Butler University)

Houston Texans

4

Antoine Smith (James Madison University), Jafar Williams (Purdue University), Jesse Williams (Ohio University), Fred Weary (Former Player)

Indianapolis Colts

4

Tommy Davis (Former Player, Newberry College), Cato June (Former Player, HS Coach), Rod Rutherford (Former Player, IUPUI),                                                        Roosevelt Williams (Former Player, Webber International)

Jacksonville Jaguars

4

Byron Hardmon (Troy University), Greg Jones (Former Player), Mike Peterson (Former Player), Leon Wright (Princeton University)

Kansas City Chiefs

6

Mark Atuaia (BYU), Jaime Hill (Portland State University), Chris Batti (Harvard University), Cory Peoples (Charleston Southern University),                                                     Rod Wilson (Charleston Southern University), Eddie Kennison (Former Player)

Miami Dolphins

6

Kelvin Bell (University of Iowa), Oronde Gadsden (Former Player, HS Coach), Terrence Jamison (Florida Atlantic University), Tem Lukabu (Florida International University), Peter McCarty (University of New Hampshire), Dwayne Stukes (Former Player)

Minnesota Vikings

4

Jacques Cesaire (Former Player), Ricky Jackson (Bucknell University), Jeremy Richardson (Bacone College), Cedric Williams (Newberry College)

New England Patriots

2

Sammy Morris (Former Player), Billy Yates (Former Player)

New Orleans Saints

2

John Simon (Southern Mississippi University), Leigh Torrence (Former Player)

New York Giants

4

Carey Bailey (Lamar University), David Johnson (Tulane University), Kendrick Nord (Grambling State University), James Salgado (Princeton University)

New York Jets

5

Fred Armstrong (HS Coach), David Diaz-Infante (Former Player), Michael Grant (Former Player, HS Coach), Corey Ivy (Former Player), Ananias Johnson (HS Coach)

Oakland Raiders

4

Abram Elam (Former Player), Cary Grant Harris (Former Player, Moorpark JC), Joe Wade (Fresno State University), Ted White (Former Player, Howard University)

Philadelphia Eagles

5

Kenny Bassett (Oregon), Robert Hinson (HS Coach), Stephan Lewis (Former AFL Player), Quintin Mikell (Former Player), Jon Shelton (So. Connecticut University)

Pittsburgh Steelers

4

Victor Hall (Webber International University), Cleo Lemon (Former Player, University of Findlay), Roderick Cartwright (Former Player),                                             Dexter Jackson (Former Player, Clark University)

San Diego Chargers

4

Justin Manning (Boston College), Eric Moulds (Former Player), Eduardo Sanchez (HS Coach), Leroy Thompson (HS Coach)

San Francisco 49ers

4

Vincent Oghobaase (Ohio State University), Brent Pradia (Alabama A&M University), Justin Poindexter (Northwestern University), Nate Vasher (Former Player)

St. Louis Rams

4

Chris Coleman (Former NFL Player, Southern University), Kenny Holmes (Former Player, University of Idaho), Kade Rannings (University of Montana),                          Regi Trotter (Missouri Western)

Seattle Seahawks

4

Chad Brown (Former Player), Robert Gordon (Former CFL Player), James Jefferson (Texas A&M Kingsville), Everette Sands (South Carolina)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3

Donnie Abraham (Former Player), Johnny Knox (Former Player), Alshermond Singleton (Former Player)

Tennessee Titans

6

Gerald Alexander (University of Washington), Ken Amato (Former Player) Shannon Harris (Alcorn St.), Shaun Johnson (New Mexico State),                                      Ahmaad Smith (Catawba College), Chris Young (Colgate)

Washington Redskins

4

Levern Belin (Richmond), Jason Ogden Buck (Former Player), Marcus Knight (Northern Michigan), Tony Woods (Former Player, William Paterson University)

* Ken Amato (Cleveland and Tennessee) and Kelvin Bell (Cincinnati and Miami) participated in the fellowship with multiple teams during training camp.

 

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