The University of Alabama's athletic director Greg Byrne has been selected to participate in the Coalition Academy coach mentorship program, according to senior national college football reporter for On3Sports Matt Zenitz.

Byrne was one of 12 athletic directors chosen from across the country to become a mentor to coaches with the intention of turning the up-and-coming leaders into head coaching candidates in the future.

"The @NCMFC1 has selected 12 coaches for its second Coalition Academy, which pairs rising star minority coaches set to garner head coach interest in the near future with athletic directors for mentorship and advocacy," tweeted Zenitz.

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This is the second year of the Coalition Academy which is put on by the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches. Former Alabama staffer Mike Locksley is the president and founder of the organization.

The Coalition Academy is described as "a first of its kind mentorship program pairing influential athletic directors with minority football coaches. The Coalition Academy will further the NCMFC’s mission of preparing, promoting, and producing minority coaches at all levels of competition given the well-documented inequities minority coaches experience. In other words, the NCMFC wants the best candidates selected regardless of color, race, or sexuality," according to the official press release announcing the program last year.

This is Byrne's second year being a part of the program, as he was selected last year to be one of the 12 mentors in the first-annual Coalition Academy.

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