Bills RB coach Kelly Skipper selected for NFL Coach Accelerator program

Kelly Skipper. Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, December 26, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert

Bills running back coach Kelly Skipper will represent the team at this year's Coach Accelerator program.

In continuation of the NFL's commitment to promoting greater diversity across the NFL, the League announced plans to host a Coach Accelerator on May 21-23 at the Spring League Meeting in Minneapolis. The Spring Accelerator follows the inaugural Coach and Front Office Acceleratorand the Front Office Accelerator hosted at previous League meetings in 2022.

Skipper joined the Bills as the running back coach in 2017. He is entering his seventh season with the team and 17th season as an NFL assistant coach.

The Coach Accelerator aims to increase exposure between owners, executives, and diverse coaching talent, providing ample opportunity to develop and build upon their relationships. In a change to the nomination process this year, clubs were able to nominate those from outside of their organization.

The 40 participants this year are attending based on their high potential to be considered for a Head Coach position in the future. Sixteen of the participants will be returning from the May 2022 Accelerator cohort.

In addition to networking, further development of the participants is a critical component of the accelerator, with curated content sessions scheduled that will further engage each participant on the advancement of their executive leadership skills and business acumen.

"In the year since its inception, we've been encouraged by the positive response to the Accelerator from both club owners and participants," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell."We look forward to continuing to build on an incredible program that supports diverse talent."

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