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Minority Coaching Fellowship attracts record 86 participants

A record 86 minorities took part in this summer's NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program in the 25th year of the program's existence, the NFL announced.


NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2006) -- A record 86 minorities took part in this summer's NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program in the 25th year of the program's existence, the NFL announced.

Also this year, the Minority Coaching Program produced its first graduate to be named head coach of the team where he interned.

The graduate is new Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, who interned with the team in 1989. In 2001, he became the first graduate of the program to be named an NFL head coach when he was appointed by the New York Jets.

"I am a head coach in the NFL today because of the opportunity the Coaching Fellowship provided me," says Edwards. "The program is really the thing that jump-starts your career. It really worked perfectly for me. I was in the right place at the right time."

Two other NFL head coaches are graduates of the program -- Marvin Lewis of Cincinnati and Lovie Smith of Chicago.

The fellowship, instituted by the NFL in 1981, provides training-camp coaching positions for minority coaches at NFL clubs. More than 1,000 minority coaches have participated since the program's inception.

The fellowship had additional head-coaching success this past offseason. Two of its graduates were appointed head coaches in colleges and another received a lengthy contract extension.

Ron Prince, who participated in the program for four years in the late '90s, was appointed head coach of Kansas State and believes the fellowship was of immeasurable help to him.

"The NFL Fellowship Program was invaluable for me," says Prince, who appointed another fellowship grad, Raheem Morris, as his defensive coordinator. "The program gave me a great understanding of how to put an organization together. I was exposed to everything from the position coaches to the scouting departments to the general managers and I studied every aspect of it. In the end, it gave me the opportunity to advance past where I might have been as a coach at that particular point."

Joining Prince as a fellowship grad in the college head-coaching ranks this year is Norries Wilson at Columbia University, who was appointed last December. Wilson spent three summers with NFL clubs in the 1990s and, like Prince, says the program was a big help to his career.

"All three of my internships were great experiences," says Wilson. "They were at different points in my career. I learned a lot about the game, particularly at the NFL level, and a lot about football administration. It was very valuable for me."

Yet another fellowship graduate who is now a college head coach, Karl Dorrell of UCLA, recently received a contract extension through the 2010 season. He took the Bruins to a 10-2 record last year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, who had three minority coaches in his camp this summer, believes in the program's efficacy.

"The coaches come in to learn and be a second sound for our players, whether that's encouraging them or talking about basic fundamentals or techniques that maybe they've used," says Gruden. "They help with team enthusiasm and in a lot of ways that might not be so glamorous. I really love the program."

The following is a list of some NFL coaches who have participated in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program:

AtlantaOllie WilsonRunning backs
BaltimoreDennis ThurmanDefensive backs
BuffaloEric StudesvilleRunning backs
Tyke TolbertWide receivers
ChicagoDon JohnsonDefensive line
Lovie SmithHead coach
CincinnatiJay HayesDefensive line
Ricky HunleyLinebackers
Hue JacksonWide receivers
Marvin LewisHead coach
DenverThomas McGaugheyAss't. special teams
Green BayTy KnottOff. quality control
HoustonMartin BaylessAss't. defensive backs
IndianapolisGene HueyRunning backs
Kansas CityHerman EdwardsHead coach
James SaxonRunning backs
MiamiKeith ArmstrongSpecial teams
Bo DavisAss't. strength & conditioning
New EnglandPepper JohnsonDefensive line
New OrleansTony OdenDef. ass't./secondary
N.Y. GiantsAndre CurtisDef. quality control
OaklandRobert FordOff. quality control
Darryl SimsAss't. defensive line
PhiladelphiaMike ReedDef. ass't. quality control
PittsburghJames DanielTight ends
San DiegoWayne NunnelyDefensive line
Brian StewartSecondary
San FranciscoGary EmanuelDefensive line
Johnnie LynnDefensive backs
Tampa BayJethro FranklinDefensive line
Ron MiddletonTight ends
Art ValeroAss't. head coach
TennesseeSherman SmithAss't. head coach/running backs

ArizonaJames Harris (Former NFL player), George Hawthorne (Former NFL player), Chris Walsh (Former NFL player)
AtlantaAshley Ambrose (Former NFL player), Rodney Bivens (UAB), Natrone Means (Former NFL player), Tom Williams (San Jose State)
BaltimoreBernardo Harris (Former NFL player), Chris Hewitt (Rutgers)
BuffaloSteve Little (Trinity International), Adrian White (NFLEL, Former NFL player)
CarolinaLonnie Galloway (Appalachian State), Charles Jones (NFLEL), Richard Shelton (Florida A&M, Former NFL player)
ChicagoRobbie Long (DePauw), Chris Wilson (Oklahoma)
CincinnatiStan Davis (Grand Rapids Rampage-AFL)
ClevelandJohn Allen (NFLEL), Jimmy Lindsey (Gardner-Webb)
DallasLarry Brinson (Former NFL player), Steve Smith (Unaffiliated)
DetroitMalik Hall (Fordham), EJ Jones (Aurora, Former NFL player), Marcel Yates (Boise State)
Green BayGary Brown (Susquehanna, Former NFL player), Chris Simpson (Wisconsin-White Water)
HoustonPerry Carter (NFLEL, Former NFL player), Henry Frazier (Prairie View A&M), Manny Martinez (Texas Southern), Michael Sinclair (West Texas A&M, Former NFL player)
IndianapolisEugene Rafael Robinson (Former NFL player), Detron Smith (Former NFL player), David Kelly (Duke)
JacksonvilleWilliam Bell (Edward Waters College, Former NFL player), Cheston Blackshear (Columbia), Rick Comegy (Jackson State)
Kansas CityKimble Ambers (Avila College, Former NFL player), William Jones (Pearl River CC), Wandja Muller (NFLEL coach, NFLEL inern)
MiamiCornell Brown (NFLEL, Former NFL player), Cris Dishman (Former NFL player), Eric Green (Former NFL player)
MinnesotaHenry Lusk (Weber State, Former NFL player), Kanavis McGhee (NFLEL, Former NFL player), Corey Raymond (LSU, Former NFL player)
New EnglandFred Baxter (Former NFL player), Otis Smith (Former NFL player),
New OrleansAndrew Dees (Temple, Former NFL player), Tim Watson (Former NFL player)
N.Y. GiantsFred Armstrong (Unaffiliated)
N.Y. JetsGeorge McDonald (Western Michigan), Sean Spencer (Hofstra)
OaklandRadames Carrillo (International - Mexico), David Duggan (NFLEL), Patrick Esume (NFLEL), Derek Mason (Ohio University), Cedric Pearl (Alabama A&M), Tang Hai-Yan (International - China)
PhiladelphiaEugene Chung (Former NFL player), Frank Gonzalez (Monterey Tech), Alonzo M. Hampton (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), Willie Taggart (Western Kentucky), Chris Vaughn (Arkansas)
PittsburghKedrick "Ricky" Brumfield (Fairmont State), James Martin, Jr. (Alabama A&M), Curtis Modkins (Georgia Tech)
St. LouisThomas Balkcom (Central Florida), Ron Cox (Lake Forest College), James Lott (Independence College),
San DiegoMarvin Marshall (Former NFL player), Wilfred Martin (College of the Desert), Thurmond Moore (Unaffiliated), Larry Porter (LSU)
San FranciscoEugene Lockhart (Former NFL player), Broderick Thomas (Former NFL player)
SeattleShelton Gandy (Louisiana Tech), O'Neill Gilbert (Unaffiliated)
Tampa BayShawn Gregory (Samford), Tracy Rocker (Arkansas, Former NFL player), Tyrone Wheatley (Former NFL player)
TennesseeGranville Eastman (Austin Peay State), Lemanski Hall (Christ Presbyterian Academy, Former NFL player)
WashingtonMichael Bryant (Prairie View A&M), Corey Chamblin (NFLEL, Tennessee Tech), Eddie Robinson, Jr. (Former NFL player), Erik Ware (College of DuPage)
NFLEL = NFL Europe League

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