UFL & Under Armour Announce Expanded Partnership With NCMFC

UFL & Under Armour Announce Expanded NCMFC Partnership

The UFL and Under Armour announced an exciting expanded partnership with the National Coalition for Minority Football Coaches (NCMFC) ahead of the 2024 season .

The NCMFC has been operating since August of 2020, and looks to create more opportunities for the minority coaches in America who deserve legitimate looks. In a quote from their website:

“The NCMFC will remove the roadblocks and level the playing field for minority football coaches. Through unmatched professional training and educational programs, the NCMFC will prepare its coaches for greater success.”

Russ Brandon, President of the UFL, is proud to work with the NCMFC organization, building upon a relationship that began in the XFL last year.

“We are proud to work with Under Armour and the NCMFC to expand our partnership for the 2024 season…The program is a tremendous growth opportunity for these coaches, and we are deeply committed to creating opportunities and providing unparalleled access to professional coaching at the highest level.”

Last year, the National Coalition for Minority Football Coaches had a pilot program with the XFL, in San Antonio and DC. Now, this partnership will be expanding to all eight cities in the United Football League.

There will be eight NCMFC coaches who will be reporting to UFL Training Camp on March 7th. They all have at least three years of high school experience. The selected coaches will be present at all five home games for their respective UFL teams.

Sean Eggert, SVP of Global Sports Marketing at Under Armour, shared his excitement to continue their work with NCMFC this year:

“With the expansion of this partnership, we will provide NCMFC coaching members in each of these markets a platform to continue to build on their craft, grow personally and professionally, and develop a network so they are in the best position to take the next step in their careers.”

NCMFC Coaches In The UFL

Arlington Renegades – Nkere Reed: Reed has decades of experience as a coach of football, basketball, and track. He also had a short stint as an intern with the Buffalo Bills.

Birmingham Stallions – Jason Winchell: Winchell has been coaching high school football for over a decade. Most recently at Norcross High School, he was responsible for calling offensive plays as their team averaged 32 PPG in 2023.

DC Defenders – Eric Allie: Allie has been coaching the Our Lady of Good Counsel High School running backs, most notably coaching former Lions RB Mo Ibrahim. He also participated in the NY Jets Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship.

Houston Roughnecks – Yusef Johnson: Yusef has a fascinating story, having been involved in space exploration for the past 27 years. Despite this, he has been coaching football the entire time, and now will take his talents to the Roughnecks in the UFL.

Memphis Showboats – Rodney Saulsberry Sr.: Saulsberry has been killing it at the high school level with Whitehaven, leading his team to a 185-53 record during the course of his time as a head coach. Rodney has also won several state championships.

Michigan Panthers – Marcus Green: Green had his athletic career cut short by a brain tumor, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to be involved in football. He started the football program at Cornerstone Lincoln-King High School, which is where he currently coaches.

San Antonio Brahmas – Matthew Bullock: Bullock has spent years as an assistant coach at San Antonio Veterans Memorial, and now will look to branch out into the pro scene with the UFL.

St. Louis Battlehawks – Kenneth Boyer: Boyer has been coaching high school football for several years, and most recently has been the assistant WR’s/TE’s coach at Christian Brothers College High School. Their team has had three straight Class 6 championship game appearances.

Final Thoughts

Spring football has always been about two things: opportunity and innovation. It’s excellent to see a league like the UFL using their platform to positively impact the landscape of minority coaches in professional football.

The XFL and USFL both made an effort to make minority coaches an important piece to their leagues, and now the unified UFL will be following suit. This partnership with the NCMFC is another example of exactly that, innovating opportunities for those who deserve them.

What are your thoughts on this UFL partnership with the NCMFC? Which coaches do you think have the potential to latch onto a team full time? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!