NEW LONDON, Conn. – YN3 Dominique Rogers, a member of the Coast Guard Academy football coaching staff, has been awarded the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is proud to celebrate 30 years of helping outstanding coaches gain exposure to NFL training camps and offseason workout programs.
The Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship uses NFL Clubs' annual training camps and minicamps to give talented minority coaches opportunities to:
- Gain Experience
- Ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position
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, compensation, and coaching duties) are administered on a Club-by-Club basis.
Rogers, entering his second year on the Bears' coaching staff, played football and ran track at Arkansas Baptist College before transferring to Trinity International University where he was a defensive back earning All-conference and National Christian College and NAIA All-America honors during both his junior and senior years. He graduated with a degree in Social Science.
"Dom had the unique ability to transfer his military leadership skills onto the football field last season as an assistant coach here at the Coast Guard Academy," said Coast Guard head coach Bill George. "He developed a personal relationship with our football team by being a very demanding and enthusiastic coach. I am excited he has this opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles and looking forward to him helping on the field again this season."
He participated in the Rookie Mini Camp with the Minnesota Vikings in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.
Rogers is currently a Yeoman Third Class Petty Officer in Cadet Administration.
"I am blessed and beyond grateful to be able to participate in this Prestigious fellowship," said Rogers. "I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can about the game of football at the highest Level, the NFL. I am going to represent my family, myself, and Coast guard the best way possible."
Rogers will report to Eagles on July 22nd and return to the Academy following the first preseason game at the Green Bay Packers on August 10th.
The Eagles will hold Military Appreciation Day at their open practice on July 29th.
Coast Guard opens the season at home against Alfred State on Aug. 31st at 7:00.