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Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship

The NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is proud to celebrate 30 years of helping outstanding coaches gain exposure to NFL training camps and offseason workout programs.

The Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship uses NFL Clubs’ annual training camps and minicamps to give talented minority coaches opportunities to:

  • Observe
  • Participate
  • Gain Experience
  • Ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position

Designed as a vocational tool to increase the number of full-time NFL minority coaches, all 32 NFL Clubs participate in the program on an annual basis. Specific aspects of the program (including hiring, compensation, and coaching duties) are administered on a Club-by-Club basis.  No elements of the Fellowship are mandated to the Clubs by the League office, but several “best practices” have been strongly recommended to the Club, including:

  • Participants are hired for the duration of training camp, including all pre-season games.
  • Clubs are encouraged to hire a minimum of four (4) participants (with at least two of them having an offensive coaching background).
  • As part of the programs’ evolution, in 2012 the NFL announced the formation of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council, comprised of a distinguished group of NFL coaches and general managers. 
  • Provide mentorship to participants in the form of continuing and constructive feedback regarding their work while participating with the Club

Time of Position: April – August

NFL Contact: Michael Leach (

How to Apply (Application Link):

*Applications must be received no later than May 1st to be considered for the program in the year in which you apply.


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