Griz Coach Headed to Seahawks
University of Montana receivers coach Shalon Baker is taking a position with the Seattle Seahawks. Baker has been chosen for a two-week Bill Walsh National Football League Minority Coaching Fellowship. The program, which was named after the man who conceived the idea - late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh - exposes talented minority college coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps. Dozens of graduates of the program are among the ranks of NFL coaches, including four current head coaches, Lovie Smith-Chicago, Marvin Lewis-Cincinnati, Raheem Morris-Tampa Bay and Mike Tomlin-Pittsburgh.
Baker received the opportunity with help from friend and former B.C. Lion teammate Maurice Kelly, the Seahawks' Senior Director of Player Development.
The biggest thing for Baker will be how he can use what he learns to improve the players he coaches. With a young corps of receivers in the stable for the Griz this season Baker wants his players to get up to speed faster and ready to play. "I want to learn as much about coaching the position as I can; how to get my guys to learn quickly, to play better, to play with better consistency and improve their technique. I want them to get better faster," Baker said.
Baker will also have the opportunity to be on the same field as former Griz Donny Lisowski who signed a three-year free agent deal with the Seahawks.