BALTIMORE – Gallaudet University football assistant coach Richan Gaskins wrapped up his summer internship, part of the NFL’s minority coaching fellowship, with the Baltimore Ravens last week as he returns to Kendall Green in time for Bison training camp. Gaskins worked with Assistant Head Coach/Secondary Coach Steve Spagnuolo and Assistant Secondary Coach Chris Hewitt during his internship with the Ravens. He also interacted with Head Coach John Harbaugh and Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees.
“It was an incredible experience. Just being around people that know the game at such a high level,” said Gaskins during a Ravens open practice held at the U.S. Naval Academy on August 4. “The coaches, players and support staff have been really good to me.”
Gaskins’ last day with the organization was the team’s first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on August 7. Gaskins, 27, enters his third season on the Gallaudet football staff where he coaches the team’s defensive backs. He graduated from Duquesne University in 2008 where he played two years at linebacker for the Dukes. Gaskins hopes to bring what he learned to the Bison team this season.
“Attention to detail is the one thing I can pull from the most during my time here that I can bring back to Gallaudet,” said Gaskins.
The Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship is administered through the league’s player engagement department to increase the number of full-time minority coaches in the league. Walsh introduced the idea to the league in 1987 when he brought in a group of minority coaches into his San Francisco 49ers training camp, and eventually every team became a participant in the program.