43 former NFL players participated in 2010 Bill Walsh minority coaching fellowship

A record 96 minority coaches – including 43 former players (complete list below) – took part in this summer’s Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.

Former Washington Redskins tackle Chris Samuels (2000-09) was among the participants.  Samuels, who recently retired from the NFL, spent the summer with the Redskins as he pursues a career in coaching.

“Everything was great,” says Samuels (left).  “I learned from a great group of coaches who are experienced in the NFL.  I was in a great situation to learn how to coach football.  I have always known that I wanted to coach football once I retired.  This is always what I wanted to do, so now I’m just going to the second phase of my life.”

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who earned NFL Coach of the Year honors from the Associated Press last season, interned with the San Francisco 49ers (1988) and Kansas City Chiefs (1991).

“My opportunity with the fellowship was a great exposure to new ideas,” says Lewis.  “It was just so valuable to coach alongside the San Francisco 49ers staff on a daily basis, seeing the quality and expertise that go into every aspect of NFL coaching.  The things I learned then that I still apply today are most notably in the areas of scheduling and attention to detail.  I hope the coaches that we’ve hosted in the fellowship learned some of the same valuable things from our staff.”

Lewis is one of four current NFL head coaches – Raheem Morris (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears) and Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers) are the others – who are graduates of the program.

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 in 1987 when he brought a group of minority coaches into his San Francisco 49ers’ training camp.  The program has mentored more than 1,500 minority coaches through the years.

Newly hired Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator and running backs coach Curtis Modkins participated in the program with the Philadelphia Eagles (1997), Dallas Cowboys (1999) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2005).  During Modkins’ internship with Dallas in 1999, he established a relationship with current Bills head coach Chan Gailey, who was the Cowboys head coach at the time. 

“It’s a great program,” says Modkins.  “Obviously it has meant the world to me.  It gave me an opportunity to first of all learn a lot of football and put me in a network of people in this league that eventually gave me an opportunity to do what I’m doing today.  It’s a critical program and I think what the league is doing is great.” 

2010 NFL coaches who are graduates of Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship

Atlanta Keith Armstrong Special teams coordinator
Buffalo Curtis Modkins Offensive coordinator/running backs
  Adrian White Defensive quality control
Carolina Tyke Tolbert Wide receivers
Chicago Lovie Smith Head coach
Cincinnati Jay Hayes Defensive line
  Marvin Lewis Head coach
Denver Wayne Nunnely Defensive line
  Eric Studesville Running backs
Detroit       Shawn Jefferson Wide receivers
Houston Perry Carter Assistant defensive backs
  Cedric Smith Strength and Conditioning
Indianapolis Gene Huey Running backs
Jacksonville Johnny Cox Quality control/offense
Miami Karl Dorrell Wide receivers
  James Saxon Running backs
Minnesota Eric Bienemy Assistant head coach/running backs
  Jimmie Johnson Tight ends
New England Pepper Johnson Defensive line
New Orleans Tony Oden Assistant secondary
N.Y. Giants Thomas McGaughey Assistant special teams
N.Y. Jets Dennis Thurman Defensive backs
Oakland Adam Henry Tight ends
  Kelly Skipper Running backs
Philadelphia Juan Castillo Offensive line
Pittsburgh James Daniel Tight ends
  Mike Tomlin Head coach
  Kirby Wilson Running backs
St. Louis Andre Curtis Defensive backs/safeties
San Diego Don Johnson Defensive line
  Cris Dishman Asst. secondary
  Ollie Wilson Running backs
San Francisco Johnnie Lynn Secondary
Seattle Art Valero Assistant offensive line
Tampa Bay Raheem Morris Head coach
Washington Keenan McCardell Wide receivers


2010 Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Participants

Arizona 4 Anthony Blevins (Tennessee St. Univ.), Terrol Dillon (Unaffiliated), William Kirksey Jr. (Coahoma Community College), Peter Quaweay (Unaffiliated)
Atlanta 1 Brad Jackson (Unaffiliated)
Baltimore 4 Chris Calloway (Former Player), Demetrius Jones (Former Player), Chester McGlockton (Former Player), J.R. Reed (Former Player)
Buffalo 4 Ricky Brumfield (Fairmont State Univ.), Steve Ellis (Middle Tennessee State Univ.), Brian Jean-Mary (Univ. of Louisville), Dennis Springer (Indiana Univ.)
Carolina 3 Idrees Bashir (Former Player), Donte’ Curry (Former Player), Stephen Davis (Former Player)
Chicago 2 Isaac Bruce (Former Player), Derrick Brooks (Former Player)
Cincinnati 2 Dermonti Dawson (Former Player), Rod Woodson (Former Player)
Cleveland 3 Bobby Acosta (College of New Jersey), Fred Baxter (Former Player), James Stanley (Univ. of Dayton)
Dallas 3 Marco Butler (Norfolk St. Univ.), William Reed III (Trinity Valley Comm. College), Lunda Lahia Wells (Louisiana State Univ.)
Denver 3 Jimmy Lindsey (Tenn-Chattanooga), Amish Patel (Davidson College), Dadrian “Dee” Brown (Former Player)
Detroit 4 Aaron Beasley (Former Player), Herb Haygood (Former Player), Keith McKenzie (Former Player), Marquis Mosely (Plymouth HS (MI)
Green Bay 4 Spencer Folau (Former Player), George Ricumstrict (Indiana Univ.), Jason Simmons (Former Player), Taylor Stubblefield (Former Player)
Houston 4 Joseph L. Carter (Tuskegee University), Tayrone Odums (North Carolina A&T Univ.), James E. Salgado (Princeton Univ.), Calvin Williams (Former Player)
Indianapolis 4 David Kenny (Butler Univ.), Larry Moore (Central State Univ.), Jerome Pathon (Former Player), John Tomlinson (Unaffiliated)
Jacksonville 3 Michael Bryant (Prairie View A&M), Delbert Cowsette (Hampton Univ.), Jason Nichols (Louisiana-Monroe)
Kansas City 2 James Colzie (Univ. of West Georgia), Kefense Hynson (Yale University)
Miami 1 Clarence Holmes (Army)
Minnesota 3 Willie Offord (Interlachen H.S. – FL), Todd Pinkston (Former Player), Leopoldo Trevino (Monterrey Tech)
New England 1 Ernie Logan (Former Player)
New Orleans 3 *Michael Barrow (Former Player), Jorge Ibarra (Monterey Tech), Cedric Oglesby (Unaffiliated)
N.Y. Giants 3 Alonso Escalante (McDaniel College), Marlon McCree (Former Player), Otis Moore, Jr. (Kansas City Brigade – AFL)
N.Y. Jets 3 Jerry Mack (Jackson State), Will Shields (Former Player), Clyde Simmons (Former Player)
Oakland 3 Alton J. Adams Jr. (Eastern Washington Univ.), Carlton Buckels (North Texas), Jamar Travis Cain (Cal Poly State Univ.)
Philadelphia 4 Shawn Barber (Former Player), Kory David (Dickinson College), Jaime Martinez (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Duce Staley (Former Player)
Pittsburgh 4 *Michael Barrow (Former Player), Benny Bishop (Luther College), Rod Brown (Univ. of Memphis), David Corley (William & Mary)
San Diego 4 Kenny Ray Augustus (Univ. of Indianapolis), Don Holmes (Mesa State College), Eric Parker (Former Player), Carlos Polk (Grossmont Comm. College)
San Francisco 2 Earl Buckingham (De Anza Comm. College), Alan Langford (Unaffiliated)
St. Louis 3 Harold Blackmon (Former Player), Sam Madison (Former Player), Todd Washington (Former Player)
Seattle 4 James Jones (Dartmouth College),  Reggie Moore (UCLA), Lance Schulters (Former Player), Joe Salave’a (Former Player)
Tampa Bay 2 Greg Lloyd (Former Player), Junior Smith (Omaha Knighthawks – UFL)
Tennessee 2 Mark Collins (Former Player), Ed Frazier (Former Player)
Washington 5 Steve Atwater (Former Player), Terrell Davis (Former Player), Michael Pittman (Former Player), Clarence Vaughn (Former Player), Chris Samuels (Former Player)

*Michael Barrow participated in the 2010 fellowship with New Orleans and Pittsburgh during training camp.

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