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Locksley Forms National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches

By Maryland Today Staff

University of Maryland Head Football Coach Michael Locksley today announced the formation of the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches (NCMFC), which he founded to remove roadblocks, increase awareness and spur action toward fair and equitable hiring at all levels of football.

“I have dedicated the better part of my 25-year coaching career to leveling the playing field for minority coaches everywhere,” Locksley said. “I worked hard to create opportunities in my career, sometimes with assistance from others, but more often through my own perseverance. I have learned many things. I have benefited from those who have gone before me, so I feel a sense of obligation to help others.”

A study from the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University showed that at least 77% of offensive coordinators hired throughout college football over the last 10 years were white, and out of 130 FBS eligible schools, only 14 head coaches are minorities. This data, along with the current increased scrutiny of racial inequality in our society, led Locksley to form the coalition.

The non-profit will seek to prepare, promote and produce qualified minority coaches, both male and female, and create a candidates list that will be vetted by a board of directors that includes Locksley, Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, six-time national title winner Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban and pro football and college hall of famer Ozzie Newsome, who was the first African American general manager in the NFL and the architect of two Super Bowl championships for the Baltimore Ravens.

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