NFL To Hold Diversity Networking Seminar For Prospective Head Coach and Executive Hires

The NFL is being more bullish in its quest for coaching and executive office diversity. A memo from the organization revealed a seminar for 64 potential head coaching and general manager candidates is being planned at the annual spring owners meeting in Atlanta later this month.

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The memo, which was reportedly sent to NFL team owners, coaches, and general managers on April 8, was obtained by ESPN. The two-day meeting is on May 23-24 and will reportedly feature networking opportunities for “diverse, prospective Club-nominated Head Coaching and General Manager prospects” with team owners and other high-ranking executives.

According to the memo, every NFL team will nominate two participants, “one from the coaching side and one from the player personnel side.”

Minority High-Potential Coach

Additionally, the memo asks that participants are “senior women and minority high-potential coach or player personnel” candidates. The league will produce sessions and programs intended to expand the knowledge base of the business of football for the group of 64. They will also discuss coaching techniques for the professional football level.

The final list of the 64 participants has reportedly not been completed yet.

In late March, for the 2022 season, each of the 32 NFL clubs is now required to hire a minority offensive assistant coach. According to the policy, the most significant change is that the offensive assistant coach hire can be “a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority.”

The Meetings

The decision was announced at the special league meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. The NFL’s Workplace Diversity Committee rolled out the changes to “strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of the NFL’s Rooney Rule,” according to a statement from the NFL.

The NFL Annual League Meeting was held at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida, on March 27-30 for a much larger group that includes ownership, head coaches, and GMs who also attended the March meeting.

The May meeting will have a smaller group of owners.

Read full story at The Shadow League here.

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