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Vikings Host Second Annual Diversity Coaching Summit

TCO Performance Center
TCO Performance Center

Eagan, Minn. (May 22, 2023) The Minnesota Vikings are hosting the second annual Diversity Coaching Summit at the team headquarters, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, on May 22-24. The summit provides an opportunity for participants to build relationships, broaden their networks and receive helpful feedback in hopes of improving opportunities for minority coaches.

Vikings Assistant Head Coach Mike Pettine introduced the idea of hosting a Diversity Coaching Summit to the organization — an idea that sprouted during his time as defensive coordinator for Green Bay. Pettine, who joined the Vikings in 2022, has 29 years of coaching experience in high school, college and the NFL.

Last year, the Vikings invited 12 minority coaches to participate in the three-day summit that includes presentations, group activities and mock interviews, as well as time on the field with current Vikings players. This year, the summit will unite 10 coaches from universities around the country. Below are the names of the participants.

2023 Diversity Coaching Summit Participants:

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Name School Position
Heather Marini Brown Quarterbacks Coach
Turner Pugh Eastern Illinois Running Backs Coach
Dan Hernandez Indiana Wesleyan Offensive Line Coach
Julian Griffin UTSA Running Backs Coach
Robert Blanton Miami (Ohio) Cornerbacks Coach
Stephen Barnette Duke Offensive Analyst
Colin Lockett Oregon Offensive Graduate Assistant/WR
Koa Ka’ai Oregon Offensive Analyst
Julian Campenni Bowling Green Defensive Line Coach
Karmichael Dunbar Florida Assistant Strength and Conditioning