CINCINNATI — Zac Taylor's coaching staff is getting a bit bigger—at least for the foreseeable future. The Bengals announced that the team has hired five coaching interns as part of this year’s Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program.
“The Bill Walsh Fellowship is valuable program for the Bengals, the NFL and the game of football,” Taylor said in a statement. “The candidates are participating virtually again this year, but they will still be able to work on the technical end of coaching, gain important exposure and grow their network of contacts. And from the team’s end, this program always helps our players and coaches build valuable relationships with talented young people in our profession."
Cincinnati hired Kenny Ray Augustus, Larry Black, Mike Brown, Tessa Grossman and Steve Huanga. Learn more about each intern below.
Kenny Ray Augustus, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at McKendree University
Augustus graduated from the University of Cincinnati, where he played on the defensive line under head coach Rick Minter. Prior to joining McKendree in 2018, he was the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Indianapolis. Augustus also worked with the Bengals as part of the Bill Walsh Fellowship during last year’s virtual offseason.
Larry Black, defensive line coach at the University of Toledo.
The Cincinnati native (Wyoming High School) played defensive tackle at Indiana University. He signed with the Bengals as a college free agent in 2013. He suffered a gruesome broken leg in training camp.
Black began his coaching career as defensive line coach at Carthage College in Wisconsin in 2015, and then made stops as a graduate assistant at both the Toledo (2016-17) and the Notre Dame (’18). He re-joined Toledo as defensive line coach in 2019.
Mike Brown, wide receivers coach at the University of Cincinnati
Brown was an All-American wide receiver and quarterback at Liberty University. He spent three seasons (2012-14) in the NFL with Jacksonville. He's coached at the University of Michigan (’16), University of Delaware (’17), Liberty University (’18) and UC (’19-present). Brown also worked with the Bengals as part of the Bill Walsh Fellowship during last year’s virtual offseason.
Tessa Grossman, graduate assistant and sports performance coach at Illinois State University
Grossman is a 2020 graduate of Dartmouth College where she played first base on the varsity softball team. As a coach, she has worked as an intern with the strength staffs at Dartmouth (2018), the Los Angeles Rams (’18), University of California-Berkeley (’19) and Mamba Sports Academy (’18). She joined Illinois State in July 2020.
Steve Huanga, offensive quality control coach at the University of North Texas
Huanga was an offensive lineman at College of the Canyons and Arkansas State University. He began his coaching career as a strength and conditioning intern at the University of California-Berkeley and Boise State University, and was the defensive line coach at Kuna High School in Idaho. He then served as a graduate assistant at both Auburn and Tulsa, before joining North Texas in 2020.
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