CLEVELAND — The Browns on Tuesday welcomed six coaches from various levels who will participate in the final three weeks of the team’s offseason program in conjunction with the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
The fellowship provides coaches the opportunity to observe, participate, gain experience, and ultimately land full-time positions in the NFL via access to teams’ offseason programs and training camps. First-year Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was excited about the opportunity to help participate in this unique fellowship"
"The Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is the type of program that can be very impactful to the coaching hiring process. There are some really good football coaches in the NFL that are here after their first exposure came as a Walsh Fellow and we are pleased to have six fellows join us this summer. Diversity is always going to be an important component of what we do in our organization because it helps us become a better organization. This will be a great experience for our fellows, learning is an important part of this program and our coaching staff will be good resources for them."
Joining the Browns this week were University of Akron tight ends coach Chris Cook, pro football player Angela Baker (who has spent the last eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Passion), and Leonard Hankerson, who is entering his second season as the wide receivers coach at Stephen F. Austin.
Additionally, Holy Cross quality control coach Ashton Grant joined the Browns this week, along with Bryant University coaching analyst Elena Grigelevich and Southeast Missouri State's Ray Smith Jr. Smith played collegiately at Northern Illinois and was named first-team All-MAC in 2005.