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Bowie State head football coach gains NFL experience


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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Damon Wilson recently completed a summer fellowship with the St. Louis Rams.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Damon Wilson recently completed a summer fellowship with the St. Louis Rams.

Published on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

Bowie State University head football coach Damon Wilson recently completed a summer fellowship with the St. Louis Rams.

“The Rams are a first class organization and Coach Fisher and his staff really continued to improve my development as a head coach and the CEO of Bowie State University football program,” Wilson said.

Wilson joined the Rams as a part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. This annual program is administered by the NFL Management Council and NFL Player Engagement.

The main objective of the program is to utilize NFL Clubs’ training camps, their off-season workout programs, and mini camps to provide talented minority coaches the opportunities to observe, participate, and gain experience in the hopes of gaining a full-time NFL coaching position in the future.

Wilson has become one of the most influential coaches in the CIAA. During his fellowship with St. Louis, Wilson got to participate in all of the offensive/defensive, and special teams meetings, as well as their personal meetings.

“I believe this was the best possible organization for me to land an internship with because of the youth on their roster and the experience of the coaching staff,” Wilson said. “The Rams have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, which for me was great because it reminded me of the college atmosphere at practice and in meetings.”

The program was developed to increase the number of full-time minority NFL coaches, and all of the 32 NFL clubs participate on an annual basis. The participants that are hired for the duration of training camp also take part in all of the pre-season games. Each club is encouraged to hire a minimum of four participants.

“In order to continue to prepare our players for the possible opportunity to play at the highest level, I believe that my coaching staff must take full advantage of every opportunity that we receive to experience an internship like this one,” Wilson said.

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