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The Seattle Seahawks continue to take initiative to be at the forefront of change, bringing in three participants from the Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship Program.
The program creates more opportunities for minority hires league-wide. The Seahawks will have three participants working with the team through OTAs, minicamp and training camp.
South Carolina State Defensive Coordinator Johnathan Saxon is one of three participants in the fellowship program. The defending Celebration Bowl champion's Bulldog defense held the SWAC Champion Jackson State Tigers to 10 points in December's HBCU postseason matchup. The former Bulldogs Offensive Lineman joined his alma mater as an assistant coach in 2014, working his way up to defensive coordinator. Saxon has coached current Bulldogs in the NFL like Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Darius Leonard and 2022 Los Angeles Rams selection Cornerback Decobie Durant. Saxon spent time with the University of Louisville as a grad assistant, serving as defensive line coach for the Cardinals.
McMaster University Running Backs and Special Teams Coach Amanda Ruller has aspirations of being the first female coach in the Canadian Football League. Ruller will work with the Seahawks during OTAs and Training Camp, bringing her wide range of skills to Seattle. Ruller also serves as assistant strength and conditioning coach for McMaster, along with being the Team Ontario U18 Women's Tackle running back and special teams coach. The first woman to join the University of Regina's football staff carried the ball for Team Canada in 2017, helping secure a silver medal.
Former NFL linebacker Akeem Dent joins the Seahawks as part of the Diversity Fellowship Program. The former Georgia Bulldog was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2011 as part of the Atlanta Falcons. Dent also spent time with the Houston Texans before finishing his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017. Dent re-joined the Texans in 2019 as a defensive assistant.
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