The Browns will have six interns, including two women, for the final three weeks of the virtual offseason program as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
The fellowship provides coaches the chance to observe, participate and ultimately land full-time positions in the NFL through access to NFL teams’ offseason programs and training camps. Applicants must have played in the NFL or coached in high school, college or another pro league.
“The Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is the type of program that can be very impactful to the coaching hiring process,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday in a statement announcing the additions. “There are some really good football coaches in the NFL that are here after their first exposure came as a Walsh Fellow and we are pleased to have six fellows join us this summer.
“Diversity is always going to be an important component of what we do in our organization because it helps us become a better organization. This will be a great experience for our fellows, learning is an important part of this program and our coaching staff will be good resources for them.”
Angela Baker has been a professional football player for the Pittsburgh Passion for eight seasons and won a gold medal in 2017 with the Women’s National American Football team. She’ll work with the offense.
Elena Grigelevich is a coaching analyst at Bryant University, where she’s pursuing a master’s degree. She’ll work on defense.
Callie Brownson is Stefanski’s chief of staff and the first female in Browns history with coaching duties.
Leonard Hankerson played receiver in the NFL for five seasons and is in his second year as receivers coach at Stephen F. Austin. He and Baker will be joined on offense by University of Akron tight ends coach Chris Cook, who was with the Atlanta Falcons the last two years as part of the fellowship program.
Joining Grigelevich on defense are Ashton Grant and Ray Smith Jr. Grant is in his second season as quality control coach at Holy Cross. Smith is the pass game coordinator/defensive backs coach at Southeast Missouri State.
STAYING OUT WEST
Former Browns vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith has been hired full time by the Seahawks as a personnel executive, according to their website. He worked as a consultant for Seattle during the draft process.
Highsmith spent two years with the Browns after 19 with the Packers. He wasn’t retained after general manager John Dorsey left the organization following last season.