CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern assistant football coaches Cory Peoples and Rod Wilson will join the Kansas City Chiefs’ staff for the next three weeks as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. The former University of South Carolina teammates, and NFL players, will work with the Chiefs’ linebackers, defensive backs and special teams units.
Formed in 2012, the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship is an annual program administered by the NFL Management Council and NFL Player Engagement. The program’s objective is to use NFL Clubs’ training camps, offseason workout programs and minicamps to give talented minority coaches opportunities to observe, participate, gain experience, and ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position.
Peoples and Wilson will join head coach Andy Reid and his staff this Sunday and hit the field with the Chiefs on Monday. They will remain with the team until August 13.
Peoples is entering his second season as defensive backs coach at Charleston Southern, while Wilson is beginning his third as inside linebackers coach. Both starred for the Gamecocks before graduating from South Carolina in 2005 and moving on to NFL playing careers.
Peoples shined as a defensive back at South Carolina before spending the 2005-07 seasons on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster. He also spent four years with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Wilson, a versatile athlete who played five different positions at South Carolina, led the Gamecocks in tackles during his senior season of 2005 en route to earning All-SEC Honors. He played six years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wilson competed in four playoff games, two NFC Championship games and Super Bowl XLI during his NFL career.
Designed as a vocational tool to increase the number of full-time NFL minority coaches, all 32 NFL Clubs participate in the program on an annual basis. Specific aspects of the program (including hiring, salary and coaching duties) are administered on a Club-by-Club basis. No elements of the Fellowship are mandated to the Clubs by the League office, but several “best practices” have been strongly recommended to the Club, including:
· Participants are hired for the duration of training camp, including all pre-season games.
· Clubs are encouraged to hire a minimum of four (4) participants.
CSU opens its fall camp practice schedule on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The Bucs kick off the 2015 season on Thursday, Sept. 3 against North Greenville.