BOCA RATON, Fla. - In many cases, the difference between success and failure is seizing a given opportunity. Florida Atlantic football Assistant Coach Terrance Jamison was afforded the opportunity to participate in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program and he jumped at the chance.
In February, the Owls signed the best recruiting class in the program’s history. In April, the Owls worked through their second spring session under the direction of Head Coach Charlie Partridge. In May, it was back to recruiting and blanketing the state of Florida searching for future Owls. As the Owls moved into the summer months, the coaching staff’s schedules were filled with seven camps and evaluations of nearly 3,000 campers.
With all of that, it would be understandable for Jamison to choose to catch his breath, especially with the Owls preseason camp drawing so near. Yet knowing that the difference between success and failure is seizing opportunity, Jamison reported to Dolphins training camp one week prior to FAU players reporting to camp.
Jamison served as an intern with the Miami Dolphins during the team’s training camp. To continue to hone his skills, he worked on the defensive side of the ball, specifically with the Dolphins’ defensive line coach. Jamison was able to observe the football staff’s daily operations during training camp and participate in drills during practice.
“The most beneficial aspect of taking part in this fellowship program was the opportunity it afforded me to meet and learn from some of the best and most experienced football coaches in the world,” said Jamison. “Also, the opportunity it gave me to work with one of the NFL’s storied football clubs. During my time there, I was treated as a fellow coach.”
This program also offered valuable knowledge that Jamison could apply at FAU, specifically off-the-field culture/team building principles and on-the-field position-specific techniques.
The Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship is an annual program administered by the NFL Management Council and NFL Player Engagement. The program's objective is to use NFL Clubs’ training camps, offseason workout program and minicamps to give talented minority coaches opportunities to observe, participate, gain experience and ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position. All 32 NFL clubs participate in the program on an annual basis.
“I am extremely thankful and grateful to the entire Miami Dolphins staff,” said Jamison.
Fresh off his experience with the Dolphins, Jamison returned to FAU and began preseason camp with the Owls on August 3. FAU, which has reached the midway point of preseason camp, will look to Jamison and his defensive line to provide experience and leadership to an otherwise young defensive side of the ball.
The line returns seven linemen who have earned significant time with the Owls, including senior Trevon Coley, who has played in and started every game since joining the squad in 2012. FAU also welcomes the return of Trey Hendrickson, who led the team in sacks a year ago and was listed among Conference USA’s leaders in the same category. Also returning are Brandin Bryant, Denzel Whitfield, Robinson Eugene, Ray Ellis, Shalom Ogbonda, Haiden Nagel and Devin Santana. The squad welcomes Nick Internicola, who sat out last season completing his transfer requirements, Josh Ballesteros, a converted linebacker, as well as Winston Chastang, Kenneth Stephens, Hunter Snyder, Nick Richardson, Josh Kendall and Steven Leggett.
FAU will open the 2015 season at Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Owls will return home Friday, Sept. 11 when FAU plays host to Miami at 8 p.m. The game will air on Fox Sports 1. All games will air on ESPN West Palm 106.3 FM and on www.fausports.com.
Season tickets, as well as Miami single-game tickets, are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1-866-FAU-Owls or by visiting ticketmaster.com or www.fausports.com. Less than 1,500 tickets remain for the FAU season home opener versus Miami.