The National Football League has announced that Washington and Lee Assistant Football Coach David Hanna has been selected to participate in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program and will join the staff of the Dallas Cowboys during the team's training camp this summer.
Hanna will join the Cowboys at their training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on July 21 and the four-week fellowship will continue through the Cowboys' first preseason game on August 9 at San Diego. Hanna is one of three coaches selected to participate in the program with the Cowboys organization and he will work primarily with Bruce Reed, Dallas' special teams coordinator. Additionally, the Cowboys training camp has been selected by HBO Sports and NFL Films to participate in Hard Knocks, an internal look at an NFL training camp. The show premieres on Wed., Aug. 6 at 10:00 pm.
“It is an exciting opportunity to be able to work for the Dallas Cowboys this summer," said Hanna. "Team Owner Jerry Jones and Coach Phillips lead the premier organization in the National Football League and it will be a privilege to work alongside such an accomplished professional as Coach Reed. The NFL Fellowship Program is an historic initiative that will allow me to be immersed in the training camp and game day inner workings of the Cowboys organization. I am confident that such an experience will ultimately benefit the Generals Football team.”
Hanna joined the W&L staff in July as defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator and he helped lead the Generals to a 6-3 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Three of his defensive backs earned All-ODAC honors, including senior Kyle Luby, who garnered ODAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades. A 1999 graduate of Kalamazoo College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in sociology, Hanna studied in the doctoral clinical psychology program at the University at Albany from 1999-2003 and he later served as a community investment specialist in the City of Baltimore's Office of the Mayor. He also spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons as the wide receivers coach at Johns Hopkins University.
The NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship is a highly-selective program that was established in 1987 in response to the lack of minority head coaches in the National Football League. Many past graduates of the program have gone on to be appointed to NFL coordinator or head coaching positions -- most notably Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City's Herm Edwards, Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals and Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears.
As part of training camp staffs, the fellowship coaches perform duties that mirror those of full-time NFL assistant coaches. They become working members of NFL staffs and are responsible for specific assignments, including planning and directing workouts, formulating scrimmage and preseason game strategies, breaking down videotape and evaluating players.