Mississippi Valley State University

November 23, 2014

University News

ALEX JACKSON AWARDED NFL COACHING FELLOWSHIP

July 24, 2013
Mississippi Valley State University offensive coordinator Alex Jackson has been chosen to participate in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship this summer for the second consecutive year.
Jackson, who is set to begin his first season as offensive coordinator after serving part of last season in the interim role, will depart on July 25 to take part in training camp with the Houston Texans. The Quincy, Fla. native spent last summer with the Minnesota Vikings.
Jackson, who came to Valley as the offensive line coach, is in his third season at MVSU and took over as offensive coordinator midway through last season. The Delta Devils’ offense surged with Jackson at the helm last season, scoring at least 20 points in four of the last seven games.
Bill Walsh introduced the concept of a minority coaching internship program in 1987 when he brought a group of coaches to 49ers training camp. Eventually, this program was picked up by every NFL team and now, some 26 years later, the NFL has renamed it the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program. The program has given hundreds of coaches a foot in the door. Several current NFL head coaches, including Super Bowl winning coach Mike Tomlin, are graduates of the program.