When preseason training camp rolls around for our local high school football teams, one head coach will be notably missing. Xavier Prep's James Dockery will instead be with the Washington Football Team for the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
The four-year NFL veteran will reunite with his former head coach Ron Rivera in Washington.
The programs listed objectives are, "to use NFL clubs' training camps, offseason workout programs and minicamps to give talented coaches opportunities to observe, participate, gain experience and ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position."
Dockery provided News Channel 3 with the following statement about this opportunity:
"The opportunity to be accepted for the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship is an amazing feeling and I’m very thankful. I am excited to learn from former coaches I’ve played for and be able to establish a new type of relationship. I’m thankful for my family, Xavier, our coaching staff, and my amazing players to give me their blessing to go. I look forward to bringing back more football knowledge not just for my team but for all the future desert football players and coaches to come."
Dockery plans to return to coach the Saints this fall.