Tennessee State assistant football coach Kevin Mashack has been selected to participate in the Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship as a representative of the Detroit Lions. The fellowship was created by the NFL in January 2015, exposing interested and qualified candidates to a career in professional scouting. The program gives participants a unique glimpse into Player Personnel by introducing them to various areas related to college and pro scouting within a club.
Mashack, a 2007 graduate of TSU, has served as an assistant and recruiting coordinator for the last five seasons after a stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a scouting assistant. The Tiger alumna began his career as a student assistant for the Big Blue in 2003 and went on to join the staff after graduation.
Each NFL team selects an individual in the field as a representative of their club to participate in the program. Most fellowships take place during Training Camp (July-August) and the length of the fellowship ranges from a few days to a few weeks. In select cases, clubs have extended a fellow to work on staff with them for a year.
The exposure may include but is not limited to assisting scouts in the day-to-day of Training Camp from a personnel perspective, scheduling fall school visits, learning how to watch film, learning how to write evaluations, presenting a final project of their learnings to the personnel staff.
The first virtual session for Skill Enhancement: Understanding the Salary Cap, took place on July 1. The session featured guest speakers Wyndam Makowsky, Director, Labor Operations, National Football League, and Nick Matteo, Director of Football Administration, of the Baltimore Ravens. The panelists discussed the salary cap from the League Office perspective and club perspective.
Mashack will continue the fellowship with further professional developmental opportunities. The program continues this month with a virtual session on the Football Operations Overview, as well as an August seminar on The Basics of Evaluating Players.
The fellowship, named in honor of Bill Nunn, longtime personnel director for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and John Wooten, a former NFL player and front-office executive, is part of the NFL’s Football Development program under NFL Football Operations.