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Lions add four Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship interns to coaching staff

Posted Jul 25, 2014

The Detroit Lions announced today that Head Coach Jim Caldwell has added four coaching interns to his staff as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, a League-wide initiative launched in 1987.

Allen Park, Mich. – The Detroit Lions announced today that Head Coach Jim Caldwell has added four coaching interns to his staff as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, a League-wide initiative launched in 1987. Among the coaches who will assist the Lions staff in training camp include: Archie Collins (defensive backs/cornerbacks), Quinn Gray (quarterbacks), Kefense Hynson (wide receivers) and Cato June (defensive backs/secondary).
 
Collins, a former safety at Michigan State (1996-97), is currently in his second season as the defensive backs coach at Central Michigan. He also served as a defensive graduate assistant at Michigan State from 2010-12 and brings 13 years of coaching experience at both the college and high school levels to the Lions sidelines. A Detroit native and graduate of Cass Tech High School, Collins coached in the Detroit Public School League for seven years, where he coached nine players who went on to earn all-state honors and 28 players who gained all-city recognition.
 
Gray enters his second stint in the Fellowship program after most recently completing an internship with the Colts in 2013. He serves as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Florida A&M University, a position he has held since last season after joining the team as quarterbacks coach in 2011. Gray, a 2002 graduate of Florida A&M, spent seven years in the NFL with the Jaguars (2005-07), Chiefs (2008) and Colts (2008), where he saw action in 12 games and made four starts as a quarterback.
 
Having completed Fellowship programs with the Seahawks (2008), Raiders (2009), Chiefs (2010) and Texans (2013), Hynson joins the Lions staff as the current co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Montana-Missoula. In the college game, Hynson has held various assistant positions at Yale (2009-2012), Western Washington (2006-09), Minnesota State-Mankato (2005-06), Boise State (2004-05) and his alma mater, Willamette (2003).
 
June returns to both the NFL ranks and state of Michigan after a seven-year career in the NFL. A former linebacker with the Colts (2003-06), Buccaneers (2007-08) and Bears (2009) out of the University of Michigan, he played in 89 career games (73 starts) and was a member of Caldwell’s Super Bowl XLI-champion Colts team during the 2006 season. A distinguished football media personality, June is also the head coach at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. and is the founder and chairman of The June Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that exposes disadvantaged youth to business and sports.
 
Five coaches on the Lions’ current coaching staff previously participated in the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, including Head Coach Jim Caldwell, Running Backs Coach Curtis Modkins, Wide Receivers Coach Robert Prince, Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach Ron Prince and Defensive Backs/Safeties Coach Alan Williams.
 
BILL WALSH NFL MINORITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP
Established in 1987, the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship provides NFL training camp positions to minority 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 to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps. Walsh introduced the concept to the league in 1987 when he brought a group of minority coaches into his San Francisco 49ers’ training camp. The program has tutored more than 1,600 minority coaches through the years and has grown to the point that now every NFL team participates during training camp.

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