Troy Dumas Selected for NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship
July 1, 2008
By Tyler Koonce, Sports Information Assistant
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State linebackers coach Troy Dumas has been awarded a 2008 National Football League Minority Coaching Fellowship with the Kansas City Chiefs. He will attend training camp with the Chiefs on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in River Falls, Wis., that begins on July 24th.
"I got a call from the head of player development, Lamonte Winston," Dumas said. "He asked if I would be interested in working with defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham who is also the linebackers coach for the Chiefs. He [Cunningham] was there when I played for the Chiefs. I was shocked when he [Winston] called."
Established by the NFL in 1987, the Minority Coaching Fellowship Program provides NFL training camp positions to minority coaches every year.
Current Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards began his NFL coaching career by serving the Fellowship with the Chiefs in 1989. Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart also began their NFL coaching careers through the program.
"The NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship has done an outstanding job of giving good coaches an opportunity to be exposed to NFL coaches and executives," Edwards said. "I've always maintained the best thing you can provide an individual with is an opportunity. The Fellowship is how I received my first opportunity to coach in the NFL."
As part of the training camp staff, Dumas will perform duties that mirror those of the Chiefs assistant coaches.
"My duties will be that of an NFL coach," Dumas said. "I'll be coaching, going to meetings, doing player evaluations, watching film, setting practice film and whatever else is asked of me.
"It's a tremendous honor to be selected because I know hundreds of aspiring minority coaches apply for the Fellowship every year. To see what it has done for coaches like Herm Edwards, Marvin Lewis and Brian Stewart, they became what they are today because of this program. It is truly an honor to follow in those footsteps."
Dumas was hired by Southeast in March to coach the linebackers. He was a third-round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Chiefs and played linebacker and special teams for the club for three seasons.
"I know how it was as a player," Dumas said. "Now I have the opportunity to see how it is on the coaching side. It will benefit my career as I will have actual pro coaching experience and I will be able to pass that down to my linebackers to make them better players at the college level.
"Maybe down the road I will get a shot at coaching in the NFL, but before that happens I would like to help turn SEMO into a solid winner. That's the goal and my intention now."
Each NFL team may bring in an unspecified number of coaches for the Fellowship each season. Over 1,000 coaches have worked in the training camps of NFL teams since the program's inception.
"It is a privilege, not a right, to be part of the National Football League," Edwards said. "There are a number of current NFL coaches, including several head coaches, who received an opportunity to serve NFL Minority Coaching Fellowships. To me, it's an invaluable program that continues to provide an opportunity for qualified young coaches to gain experience and learn from some of the game's best and brightest."