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Raiders announce Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship Coaches

Las Vegas Raiders
27 Jul 2021, 22:05 GMT+10

Raiders Public Relations

HENDERSON, Nev. - The Las Vegas Raiders have selected the following five coaches to work as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program for the team's 2021 Training Camp, the club announced Monday.

Adegoke: Enters first season as a graduate assistant coach at Michigan after being in the same role with Florida from 2019-21...Played three seasons at Mississippi State (2016-18) following two years at San Diego Mesa College (2014-16)...Originally joined the Bulldogs as a preferred walk-on at safety before becoming a scholarship player...Totaled 14 tackles, one interception, three passes defensed and one forced fumble in 16 career games...Played alongside with current Raiders safety Johnathan Abram (2017-18) and defensive end Gerri Green (2016-18) at Mississippi State.

Allen: Currently serves as Ambassador and Special Advisor for the Toronto Argonauts and remains involved in his Quarterback Academy (D9 QB Academy)...Finished his 23-year playing career as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the history of the Canadian Football League (CFL)...His CFL career spanned three decades, winning four Grey Cup Championships (1987, 1993, 2000, 2004), three Grey Cup MVP Awards (1987, 1993, 2004) and one CFL Most Outstanding Player Award (2005)...Played with six different teams, including the Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, B.C. Lions and Toronto Argonauts...Upon retiring in 2008, he was professional football's all-time passing leader with 72,381 yards and held the CFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 11,914 yards...Also held the CFL record for most pass attempts (9,138), most completions (5,158) and most touchdown passes (394)...Enshrined in the CFL Hall of Fame in 2012 and entered Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2018...Younger brother of Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen.

Bhakta: Currently serves as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for Cornell...Joined the Big Red in 2013, working with linebackers in his first three seasons and the defensive line the last four...Took over as the program's recruiting coordinator in 2015...Spent two seasons at Division II Colorado School of Mines where he coached the defensive line after spending two years in the same role with Susquehanna and three seasons at his alma mater, Temple, as the assistant defensive line coach...Played quarterback for the Owls from 2001-04...Also interned as a Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellow for the Kansas City Chiefs (2011), Pittsburgh Steelers (2012) and Chicago Bears (2019).

Ivy: Spent nine seasons in the NFL and made stops with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-04), St. Louis Rams (2005) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-09)...Appeared in 113 career games with 21 starts at cornerback, totaling 176 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions, 27 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries...Was a member of the Buccaneers' Super Bowl XXXVII team coached by current Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden...Named the Ed Block Courage Award winner of the Ravens in 2006...Currently serves as a volunteer defensive assistant at Central Florida...Has participated in the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2011), New York Jets (2012, 2015-16), Indianapolis Colts (2013) Arizona Cardinals (2014) and Baltimore Ravens (2018).

Parker: Enters his third year as head coach and offensive coordinator at Willamette University...Previously served as the offensive coordinator at Lewis & Clark College from 2015-18...Prior to coaching at Lewis & Clark, was the head coach for three seasons at McNary High School in Keizer, Ore. ...Competed at offensive line at Willamette from 1998-2002 where he was a three-year starter and a two-year team captain...Was a member of the program's 1999 Northwest Conference Championship team and garnered first-team All-Northwest Conference honors two times...Participated in the NCAA/NFL Coaches Academy in 2017 and took part in the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program in 2018 with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship

Established in 1987, the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship program provides NFL coaching experience to a diverse group of coaches every year. The program, which was named after the man who conceived the idea -- late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh -- exposes talented minority college coaches, high school coaches, and former players to the methods and philosophies of NFL coaching staffs. Walsh introduced the concept to the league in 1987 when he brought a group of minority coaches into his San Francisco 49ers' training camp.

Since its inception, nearly 2,000 minority coaches have participated in the program with support from all 32 clubs during offseason workouts, minicamps, and training camp.

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