June 30, 2022

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Lions’ Glenn, Agnew to take part in NFL’s inaugural leadership accelerator program

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In a continued effort to address the league’s lack of head-coaching and front-office diversity, the NFL announced plans for an inaugural leadership development program on Thursday, aiming to help build and strengthen the pipeline for female and minority candidates. 

The NFL announced 60 participants will participate in the two-day program, which will take place next week, coinciding with the spring league meetings in Atlanta. The participants were selected via nomination from the 32 teams and include defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and assistant general manager Ray Agnew from the Detroit Lions.

Former Lions assistant and current Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams and former Michigan assistant head coach Pep Hamilton are also listed among the participants. 

“The NFL is committed to diversity and inclusion, and this program is the latest in a series of steps designed to improve our hiring practices and create opportunities for advancement,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “The program helps ensure that clubs receive exposure to high-performing, up-and-coming NFL talent and candidates get a chance to learn the business on a working level from team owners and executives.”

The program is set to include leadership development sessions with football operations experts, as well as direct networking opportunities with the league’s owners. 

Glenn, a former All-Pro cornerback who played 15 seasons in the NFL, joined the Lions as a defensive coordinator last year. Prior to accepting the position, he was interviewed for the New York Jets’ head-coaching vacancy. He had two additional head-coaching interviews this offseason, with Denver and New Orleans, the latter where he spent the previous five seasons coaching the team’s defensive backs.