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Bills name three Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship participants


The Buffalo Bills announced today they have named Siriki Diabate, Chris McAlister and Myles Russ as the 2014 Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship participants. Diabate, McAlister and Russ will assist the Bills’ coaching staff during training camp at St. John Fisher College.

Diabete, a Syracuse University graduate, was a 2012 team co-captain under current Bills coach Doug Marrone. In two years, he made 101 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He currently works as a graduate assistant at his alma mater working with linebackers -- the same area he'll assist the Bills with.

McAlister is an 11-year NFL veteran who played with Baltimore and New Orleans and has a Super Bowl ring (XXXV) to his credit. A two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection, he made 339 tackles and 26 interceptions in his career. He played under current Bills defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson from 1999-2003, and will assist Henderson with the Bills' DBs.

Russ will work with running backs. The Robert Morris product is entering his third season as an assistant coach at his alma mater. During his playing days from 2007-10, he set the school's all-time career rushing record with 4,271 yards.

The program was introduced to the league in 1987 by Walsh as a way to expose talented minority college coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps. Walsh first brought a group to his San Francisco 49ers training camp, and eventually every team in the league followed suit.

The Bills have participated in the program since 1989. In that time, 63 coaches have taken part.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

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