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For Immediate Release
August 13, 2015

17 transitioning and former NFL players placed in season-long internships at various institutions

WASHINGTON – The 10th annual NFLPA Coaching Internship is underway with 17 transitioning and former NFL players starting coaching internships at top DII, DIII and NAIA programs.

The unique opportunity allows transitioning and former players to gain coaching experience during the 2015 college football season, including training camp. Since 2006, more than 40 institutions have employed more than 60 coaching interns, many of whom continued their coaching careers at all levels. Currently, alumni of the program serve as position coaches for NFL clubs and coordinators and position coaches at Division-I and Division-II universities.

“We are excited to celebrate the 10th year of the NFLPA Coaching Internship with the largest intern class to date,” said Leslie Satchell, NFLPA Senior Manager of Player Affairs & Development. “The internship offers former players a comprehensive career-development experience that can lead to a full-time career in coaching at any level.”

This year’s participants include Super Bowl winners Chip Vaughn and Leonard Myers, Jr., former 2005-first round NFL draft pick Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, as well as Derrick Alexander, Kory Chapman, George Cooper, Jr., Patrick Crayton, Bruce Figgins, Ronnie Ghent, Reggie Howard, Charles Lockett, Gerald McRath, Samie Parker, Antwan Peek, Damik Scafe, Sam Smith and Danny Verdun Wheeler. The Trust supports the NFLPA Coaching Internship through assistance with participant selection and other logistics.

“I am so excited that the NFLPA has given me the opportunity to do something I love to do -- be around football and coach,” said Carnell “Cadillac” Williams. “This will actually be my first coaching opportunity. I am a little nervous, but I know it will be a great experience. I’m thankful the NFLPA has a program like this for transitioning and former players.”

The 2015 host schools are: Berry College, Bethany College, Emporia State University, Fort Valley State University, Geneva College, Henderson State University, Kenyon College, Lake Erie College, Lane College, New Mexico Highlands University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, South Dakota School of Mines & Tech, Texas A&M Commerce, Western State Colorado University, Wilmington College and Winston-Salem State University. 

The universities’ playbooks for the season-long internship cover responsibilities such as coaching a position group, facilitation of position meetings, scheduling and planning practices, leading drills, providing input in game plans, analyzing opponents’ film, evaluating talent and executing game-day responsibilities.

Follow the hashtag #NFLPACoaching and the NFLPA on Twitter (@NFLPA) for updates on the players’ internship experiences throughout the season.



2015 NFLPA Coaching Internship Participants

Host School

Player Name

Berry College

Gerald McRath

Bethany College

Charles Lockett

Emporia State

Patrick Crayton

Fort Valley State

Samie Parker

Geneva College

Bruce Figgins

Henderson State University

Carnell “Cadillac” Williams

Kenyon College

George Cooper, Jr.

Lake Erie College

Antwan Peek

Lane College

Reggie Howard

New Mexico Highlands University

Leonard Myers, Jr.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Damik Scafe

South Dakota School of Mines & Tech

Danny Verdun Wheeler

Southeastern University

Ronnie Ghent

Texas A&M Commerce

Kory Chapman

Western State Colorado University

Sam Smith

Wilmington College

Derrick Alexander

Winston-Salem State University

Chip Vaughn




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