Vikings Assistant Director of Pro Scouting Chris Blanco and National Scout Chisom Opara have been selected to participate in the inaugural NFL Coach and Front Office Accelerator Program.
The two-day Accelerator will convene more than 60 diverse head coach and general manager prospects from all clubs and the NFL, along with ownership representation from all 32 clubs. It was added to the Spring League Meeting, which will be hosted May 23-24 in Atlanta.
The program will provide senior women and minority prospects with leadership development sessions with football operations experts and facilitators, as well as time spent networking directly with club owners. The effort is designed to continue building a diverse hiring pipeline for future head coach and general manager positions throughout the League.
“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,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release. “The program ensures that clubs receive exposure to high performing, up-and-coming NFL talent.”