Bowie, MD – Bowie State University assistant football coach Antone’ Sewell has been selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Expert Forum to be held June 16 and 18 in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the World Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

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The NCAA has invited Division I & II coaches to its 2011 NCAA Expert Forum, in an effort to assist the coaches with career advancement, networking and exposure opportunities at NCAA colleges and universities.

The Expert Forum is an NCAA program that addresses the critical shortage of ethnic minorities in head coaching positions in the sport of college football, primarily at the Division I level.

The NCAA hosts its program on the heels of a rise in the number of minority head football coaches following the 2010 season. However, out of a total of 582 football programs in Division I, II and III, only 5.7 percent employ head football coaches of color, excluding the historically black colleges and universities.

Though the NCAA does not have hiring authority over its member colleges and universities, the national office, through Diversity and Inclusion, is able to provide programming that better prepares coaches for many of the issues they will experience at the head coaching level. The coaches who participate in the Expert Forum have expressed an interest in being a head coach at an NCAA college or university within their current division or in another NCAA division. Diversity and Inclusion provides the coaches with program sessions and networking opportunities with current head coaches and athletic administrators who have hiring responsibilities or influence. The focus of the program centers on ethnic minority football coaches, however, football coaches of other ethnicities have also been invited to participate.

Expert Forum programming covers the following areas:

• Communications – media, booster relations, interviewing skills, and building a portfolio.
• Fiscal Responsibilities – fundraising, budgeting and development
• Building a Successful Program – managing coaching staffs, building a portfolio (game strategy), maintaining relationships with university/college presidents, athletic directors, alumni, student-athletes, faculty and members of the community
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