July 6, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar assistant coach Carey Bailey is one of two college football coaches invited by the Atlanta Falcons to take part in their training camp in conjunction with the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.
Bailey, who was a standout defensive lineman at Tennessee, is in his first year with the Cardinals as the defensive line coach. Bailey will be joined by Mississippi Valley State's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, Ramon Flanigan as the other invitee.
"I am looking forward to participating in the Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship Program with the Atlanta Falcons," said Bailey. "This is an outstanding opportunity to continue to grow as a professional, and to work with one of the best organizations in the National Football League. I am excited to represent Lamar University and our coaching staff while in Atlanta."
Bailey was the head coach at Howard University from 2007-10, and has made stops at Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Virginia Military Institute during his nearly 20-year coaching career.
The Minority Coaching Fellowship 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 in 1987 when he brought a group of minority coaches into his San Francisco 49ers' training camp. The program has mentored more than 1,500 minority coaches through the years.
"As a coach, you want to give back to that fraternity in any way possible, so we are excited to have these two fine coaches joining us for training camp as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship," said Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith. "This is a great opportunity for these coaches to be exposed to new ideas, not only in terms of X's and O's, but also philosophically."
Bailey will not be the only one with Lamar ties participating in Falcons training camp as former LU wide receiver Marcus Jackson
begins his first season with the team. Jackson signed a free agent deal with Atlanta after finishing his two-year Lamar playing career with 65 catches for 1,159 yards and 14 touchdowns.