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49ers Announce 2017 Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellows

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The San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced on Tuesday the team's 2017 Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellows*- Alonzo Carter,Nick Ferguson,Corey Ivy,Jerrod Johnson,Rony Sieperda,Katie Sowers,Donald WhiteandRodrique Wright*.

Carter,who will work closely with the team's running backs, is currently in his first season at San Jose State University as the Spartans running backs coach. Prior to San Jose State, he served as the head football coach at Contra Costa College (San Pablo, CA) from 2010-16, Berkeley (CA) High School from 2007-09 and McClymonds (Oakland, CA) High School from 1995-2007. Carter received his associate's degree in liberal arts & sociology in 2009 and his bachelor's degree in African American studies from California State University in 2016.


Ferguson played safety in the NFL from 2000-09 and will work with San Francisco's defensive backs. He is currently a NFL Football Youth & High School Football Ambassador and sports analyst. Following his NFL playing career with the New York Jets (2000-02), Denver Broncos (2003-07) and Houston Texans (2008-09), he went on to receive coaching internships with the Texans (2012), Seattle Seahawks (2014) and Broncos (2015). Ferguson received his bachelor's degree in business at Georgia Tech in 1996 and is currently pursuing his master's of sports administration from Canisius College (Buffalo, NY).


Ivy, who will work with the 49ers defensive backs, spent 11 seasons in the NFL at cornerback with the New England Patriots (1999-2000), Cleveland Browns (2001), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-04), St. Louis Rams (2005), Baltimore Ravens (2006-09) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2009). He appeared in 113 games (21 starts) and registered 197 tackles, 27 passes defensed, 9.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions. He also saw action in nine postseason games and picked up 11 tackles, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed. Ivy was a member of the Super Bowl XXXVII winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 49ers general manager John Lynch. In addition, he spent the 2001 season with the XFL's Chicago Enforcers. Following his playing career, Ivy has held coaching internships with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2011), New York Jets (2012, 2015-16), Indianapolis Colts (2013) and Arizona Cardinals (2014). He also served one season as the defensive backs coach at Alabama State University (2013). Ivy played collegiately at the University of Oklahoma for two seasons (1997-98) where he finished his career with 69 tackles, nine passes defensed and four interceptions. He transferred to Oklahoma after two years (1995-96) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University.


Johnson, who will work with the 49ers quarterbacks, finished his collegiate career as the all-time career passing leader at Texas A&M University. Johnson spent time in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. The former number one overall selection of the 2011 United Football League (UFL) draft has been a Nike Elite 11 quarterback coach and lead instructor of The Quarterback Club of Houston LLC. He received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology & education from Texas A&M in 2010.

The 49ers strength & conditioning department will be assisted bySieperda, who is coming off of a strength & conditioning internship at the University of Colorado. He joined Colorado following an internship at the University of Akron in the same capacity in 2016. He also spent time interning at the University of Sioux Falls, where he also received his bachelor's degree in business administration. He received his master's in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.


Sowers joins San Francisco's Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship after spending the 2016 offseason/training camp in the same capacity with the Atlanta Falcons. With the Falcons, Sowers worked closely with Atlanta assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Raheem Morris in organizing, conducting and concluding practice drills. Following her time on the field as a coach, she spent nine months as a scouting intern with the Falcons. She joined Atlanta after spending five years (2012-16) as the athletic director of the City of Kansas City. A former member of the United States Women's Football League's Kansas City Titans, Sowers earned her master's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in pedagogy from the University of Central Missouri in 2012.

White, who will work with the team's linebackers, is currently the defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator at Laney College (Oakland, CA) and is entering his 10thseason at Laney in 2017. He also works with defensive players and oversees players' academic standing. He joined Laney following more than six years at Skyline (Oakland, CA) High School as the football team's assistant coach/defensive backs coach. A former defensive back at Utah State University (1996-2000), White earned his bachelor's degree in business information systems.


The 49ers defensive line will be assisted by Wright, who is entering his fourth season at Sam Houston State and second as the team's defensive line coach. He spent the 2014-15 seasons coaching defensive ends for the Bearkats. He will be serving his second Bill Walsh NFL Minority Fellowship, after working the 2016 training camp with the Seattle Seahawks, organizing technique drills and assisting in coaching the defensive line. Prior to his time at Sam Houston State, he was a special assistant to the defensive line coach/defensive ends for two seasons (2011-12) at the University of Texas. A former seventh-round (226th overall) draft choice in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, Wright appeared in 13 games (nine starts) and registered 38 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in one season (2007) along the defensive line, while also appearing in the team's lone playoff game in 2008. Following his time with the Dolphins, he spent 2010 training camp with the New York Jets. A four-year letterwinner at the University of Texas (2002-05), Wright helped lead the Longhorns to a BCS National Championship victory as a senior in 2005, finishing the season with 4.5 sacks and earning Associated Press First-Team All-America honors.

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