Mike Locksley creates coalition to help advance minority football coaches, Nick Saban on group's board of directors
Seeing the need to help push for change in football, Mike Locksley is taking action.
The former Alabama offensive coordinator, Locksley won the Broyles Award (given annually to the nation’s best assistant coach) during his time in Tuscaloosa, and the current Maryland head coach has formed the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches to help advance the careers of minority candidates in football.
Locksley recently spoke with Jim Trotter of NFL.com regarding the need to form this group.
“When I took the Maryland job last year and looked at the landscape of college football, I thought to myself, There’s something missing. I’m on the back nine of my career and the pathway to becoming a head coach is still as difficult as when I got into the business in 1992. I wanted to create an organization that would be able to help prepare, promote and produce the next group of coaches coming up through the ranks at every level.”
Heading into 2020, the NFL has three black head coaches among the 32 franchises while FBS college football has only 14 among the 130 teams.
Locksley won’t be going it alone, however, as the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches has several icons ready to sit on its board of directors.
The list includes Nick Saban, Ozzie Newsome, Bill Polian, Mike Tomlin, Doug Williams, Oliver “Buddy” Pough, Willie Jeffries, Chris Grier, Debbie Yow, Rick Smith and Desiree Reed-Francois.
Excited for the journey ahead! The National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches will work to prepare, promote and produce minority football coaches and professionals at every level of the game. #NCMFC #jointhecoalition @NCMFC1 https://t.co/N1pQlH2lzp
— Michael Locksley (@CoachLocks) August 6, 2020