Frazier Named To Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 29, 2012 – 11:44 pm

Leslie Frazier has risen to the pinnacle of his profession as a football coach – he’s the head coach of a National Football League team. And now Frazier will have the opportunity to help others begin a career in the NFL as a coach in similar fashion to how he began his NFL coaching career back in the 1990s.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Wednesday that the NFL has established the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council to further enhance the idea conceived by late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh. Frazier, a coaching veteran of 25 years (14 of which have come in the NFL), has been named to the advisory council. The 13-member council – comprised of club presidents, general managers, head coaches and assistant coaches – will focus on developing a pipeline of minority coaches, including former NFL players pursuing opportunities in the coaching profession.

Walsh introduced the concept to expose talented minority college coaches to the NFL’s methods and philosophies when he invited a group of minority coaches to participate in San Francisco 49ers training camp. The program has mentored more than 1,500 minority coaches since it was established in 1987, and 91 minority coaches took part in this summer’s Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.

Frazier is not the only current NFL head coach who graduated from the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis, who earned NFL Coach of the Year honors from the Associated Press in 2009, interned with the San Francisco 49ers (1988) and Kansas City Chiefs (1991) and endorses the program.

“For a young coach, an opportunity through the fellowship is like a college student getting a great internship,” said Lewis. “Suddenly you’re exposed on a daily basis to some of the best people in your field, and you have a chance to show them first-hand what you can do.”

This past training camp, the Vikings welcome six coaches to the team as part of this program. They were: Junior Adams (Eastern Washington), Granville Eastman (Austin Peay), Darrell Fullington (St. Thomas Aquinas), Alex Jackson (Mississippi Valley State), Prince Pearson (Prairie View A&M), Ted White (Howard).

Also, the Vikings have three current assistant coaches on Frazier’s staff who are graduates of this program: QBs coach Craig Johnson, TEs coach Jimmie Johnson and RBs coach James Saxon.

The Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council consists of: Tampa Bay RBs coach Earnest Byner, Philadelphia WRs coach David Culley, Frazier, Arizona GM Rod Graves, Arizona OL coach Russ Grimm, Cleveland President Mike Holmgren, Houston Head Coach Gary Kubiak, Detroit GM Martin Mayhew, Kansas City GM Scott Pioli, Philadelphia Head Coach Andy Reid, Jacksonville GM Gene Smith, Houston GM Rick Smith and Arizona Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt.

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8 Responses to “Frazier Named To Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council”

  1. By F. Smoot on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    First … In y’alls faces!!!

  2. By mnsoldier on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Why all the fuss about forcing teams to hire coaches of african heritage, what about hispanic, native american, “native” hawiians, chinese and so on, yet they only focus on african heritage, why. what about the ratio of players by ethnicity it is overwelmingly african, is that racists of teams to choose those players and should they be forced to hire equal amounts of players based on a ratio of ethnicity.
    Isnt it time to just let go of the racial card, enough is enough.
    My family has been in this country for over 150 years and had nothing to do with slavery yet i am treated like all others of non african heritage, guilty by association, isnt that racist in its self.

    Just play football and hire the best people regardless of ethnicity, gender, religous, political or sexual preference. Grow up and stop trying to force people to accept politically correct garbage.

  3. By DRS, on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    The NFL and Race, by the Numbers.

  4. By DRS, on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    mnsoldier, yes it is time to stop playing the race card, it is high time to judge a person by his or hers ability period.

  5. By DRS, on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    Let them with talent achieve what they can and let them without talent find something that they can do rather than being given something they have not earned on their own account, sure there should not be any road blocks put in anyone’s way wile pursuing one’s dreams but one should achieve with talent not by skin color or any other external means.

  6. By DRS, on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    It is late so good night and God bless you all.

  7. By DRS, on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    BTW congrats coach Leslie Frazier, and good night.

  8. By Sir Greasy Panda on Aug 30, 2012 | Reply

    When coach Dungy and coach Lovie Smith met in the superbowl there was a lot of press on how for the first time two black coaches were in the superbowl. And truly it was great to see blacks achieve success but I always said that we have achieved success is when it happens and it isnt a big deal and no one mentions it.

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