NFL minority coaching fellowship attracts 83 participants

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Eighty-three minorities are taking part in this summer's NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, the NFL announced today.

Also this year, the Minority Coaching Program produced its fourth graduate to be named an NFL head coach.

The graduate is new Pittsburgh Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN, who joins HERM EDWARDS of the Kansas City Chiefs, MARVIN LEWIS of the Cincinnati Bengals and LOVIE SMITH of the Chicago Bears as active head-coach graduates of the program.

Tomlin, who is only the Steelers' third head coach in the past 38 years, interned with the Cleveland Browns in the summer of 2000 when he was the defensive backs coach of the University of Cincinnati.

Tomlin definitely feels that the fellowship prepared him for his new job. "The coaching fellowship gave me an opportunity to learn what I needed to do if I wanted to coach in the NFL," he says. "As a head coach, I plan to utilize the fellowship to the fullest to give others the same opportunities that were afforded to me."

The fellowship provides training-camp coaching positions for minority coaches at NFL clubs. More than 1,200 minority coaches have participated in the program.

Tomlin's ascension was just one of many notable appointments for minority coaches and administrators - some with fellowship experience -- in the NFL and colleges in the offseason:

» HUE JACKSON was named the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator by new head coach Bobby Petrino. Jackson partook in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship in 1995 with the Washington Redskins when he was an assistant at Arizona State.

» RANDY SHANNON became the first African-American head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. Shannon, a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys in 1989-90, participated in two minority fellowships as an assistant with Miami - with Dallas in 1993 and Chicago in 1994.

» REGGIE BARLOW, a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996-03, was named head coach of his alma mater, Alabama State. Barlow tutored Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson as ASU's quarterback coach.

» GEORGE KOONCE, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks from 1992-00 and the Packers' director of player development in 2006, was appointed senior associate athletic director of Marquette University. Koonce has a master's degree in sports management from East Carolina.

» JERRY REESE was named only the New York Giants' third general manager in the past 27 years. The team's director of player personnel, he learned of his elevation on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15). "I thought about that a lot, and it was perfect timing," says Reese.

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

Club Coach Position
Atlanta Hue Jackson Offensive coordinator
Atlanta Ollie Wilson Running backs
Baltimore Dennis Thurman Defensive backs
Buffalo Eric Studesville Running backs
Buffalo Tyke Tolbert Wide receivers
Chicago Hardy Nickerson Linebackers
Chicago Lovie Smith Head coach
Cincinnati Jay Hayes Defensive line
Cincinnati Ricky Hunley Linebackers
Cincinnati Marvin Lewis Head coach
Dallas Brian Stewart Defensive coordinator
Green Bay Ty Knott Offensive quality control
Houston Martin Bayless Assistant/defensive backs
Houston Jethro Franklin Defensive line
Indianapolis Gene Huey Running backs
Jacksonville Robert Prince Wide Recievers
Kansas City Herm Edwards Head coach
Kansas City James Saxon Running backs
Miami Keith Armstrong Special teams
New England Pepper Johnson Defensive line
New Orleans Tony Oden Defensive ass't./secondary
New York Giants Andre Curtis Defensive quality control
New York Giants Thomas McGaughey Assistant/special teams
Oakland Don Johnson Assistant/defensive line
Philadelphia Juan Castillo Offensive line
Pittsburgh James Daniel Tight ends
Pittsburgh Mike Tomlin Head coach
San Diego Wayne Nunnely Defensive line
San Diego Kevin Ross Ass't. defensive backs/quality control
San Diego Matt Simon Running backs
San Francisco Johnnie Lynn Defensive backs
Tampa Bay Raheem Morris Defensive backs
Tampa Bay Art Valero Assistant head coach
Tennessee Sherman Smith Assistant head coach/running backs


Club Coach (background and present affiliation)
Arizona Maurea Crain (Troy State), Don Lee (Morgan State), Terry Smith (Gateway High School), George Teague (Former NFL player)
Atlanta Ricky Brumfield (Fairmont State), Maurice Drayton (Goose Creek High School), Ted White (Texas Southern)
Baltimore Terance Mathis (Former NFL player), Larry Webster (Former NFL player)
Buffalo Steve Little (Trinity), Nathan Poole (Former NFL payer), Adrian White (Former NFL player)
Carolina Gary Brown (Former NFL player), Sam Garnes (Former NFL player), Dwight Stone (Former NFL player)
Chicago Derek Dewitt (Trinity), Mikal Smith (Trinity)
Cincinnati Ron Dugans (Georgia Southern/Former NFL payer), Carl Powell (Former NFL player), Henry Stanford (Elmhurst College)
Cleveland Patrick Esume (Unaffiliated), Mike Jones (Lebanon High School/Former NFL player)
Dallas Eric Mathies (Western Kentucky), Marshun Middleton (Lane College), Chris Simpson (Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Denver Darian Hagan (Colorado), Jashon Sykes (Colorado)
Detroit Chennis Berry (Morgan State), Ranier Caldwell (Belhaven College), Carl Embry (Adrian College), Willie Tillman (Bethel College)
Green Bay Jovan Dewitt (St. Norbert), Terrence Murphy (Trinity Valley Community College/Former NFL player)
Houston Joe Tarrod Bowen (Central Oklahoma), Michael Bryant (Prairie View A&M), Gary Harrell (Florida A&M), James Ward (Colorado State), Charlton Warren (Air Force)
Indianapolis Brad Jackson (Former NFL player), Aaron Kelton (Columbia), Ernest Wilson (New Mexico State)
Jacksonville Cedric Figaro (Former NFL player), Darryl Jackson (Florida Atlantic)
Kansas City Grady Brown (Alabama State), Daron Roberts (Unaffiliated)
Miami Chris Calloway (Former NFL player)
Minnesota Frank Gonzalez (Monterrey Tech, Mexico)
New England Herb Haygood (Michigan State)
New Orleans Timothy Edwards (Hampton), Jaime Elizondo (Hofstra), Bobby Johnson (Indiana), Travis Moore (Arena Football)
New York Giants Tavian Banks (Louisville), Ervin Chambliss (Union)
New York Jets Lomas Brown (Former NFL player), Al Holcomb (Lafayette), Arlington Nunn (Stephen F. Austin State)
Oakland Cris Dishman (Menlo College/Former NFL player)
Philadelphia Isaiah Caldwell (Former NFL player), Cedric Calhoun (Dartmouth), Andrew Dees (Temple), Charles Johnson (Former NFL player), Donnie Roberts (Lehigh)
Pittsburgh Jeff Burrow (Jacksonville State), Nathan Cochran (Blackburn), Canute Curtis (Tennessee State/Former NFL player)
St. Louis Eric Green (Former NFL player), Will Reid (Trinity Valley JC), Joel Wade (Eastern Washington)
San Diego John Allen (Unaffiliated), Lewis Bush (Former NFL player), Herbert Parham (Morgan State)
San Francisco Darryl Yukio Eto (Unaffiliated), Larry Jackson (Houston), Kaz Kazadi (South Florida)
Seattle Manny Martinez (Texas Southern), Terrell Williams (Purdue)
Tampa Bay George McDonald (Minnesota), Joseph Tumpkin (Southern Methodist)
Tennessee Rodney Blivens (Birmingham Southern)
Washington Eric Brock (Haskell Indian Nations University), Darryl Sims (Former NFL player), Barry Wilburn (Former NFL player)



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