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Bears announce Bill Walsh Diversity coaches


The Bears have announced that five coaches will join head coach Matt Nagy's staff for this week's mandatory minicamp as part of the NFL's Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, which is in its 32nd year. The program's objective is to use NFL clubs' camps to give coaches opportunities to observe, participate, gain experience and ultimately gain a full-time NFL coaching position.

The five coaches are Aman Anand (Penn State; special teams), Reggie Garrett (Maine; cornerbacks), Tony Gilbert (Central Florida; outside linebackers), Jody Owens (Briar Cliff, inside linebackers) and Roy Roundtree (Michigan; wide receivers).

Anand will serve as a special teams analyst and analytics coordinator for Penn State this upcoming fall. Most recently he served as a graduate assistant focusing on special teams at Memphis. His prior coaching stops include Utah State as a defensive graduate assistant in 2016-17 and at Northern Arizona as defensive quality control coach in 2015. Anand graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2015 where he served as a student assistant coach during undergrad.

Garrett is entering his first season as an assistant cornerbacks coach at the University of Maine. Prior to his arrival with the Black Bears, Garrett spent the last three seasons (2016-18) at Temple University where he held the titles of graduate assistant, director of on-campus recruiting/defensive analyst and director of player personnel. He graduated from Norfolk University in 2012, where he played defensive back and was named team captain as a senior. He also spent time as a defensive backs coach at Pace University (2014-16) and as an assistant cornerbacks coach at Rhode Island (2013).

Gilbert enters his second season with the University of Central Florida as the defensive quality control coach. Prior to his arrival in Orlando, Gilbert spent the last three seasons (2015-17) in a similar position at the University of North Carolina. His previous stops include: John Milledge Academy, as a defensive coordinator/linebackers coach in 2014, Georgia Military College, as an assistant defensive backs/linebackers in 2013, Auburn University, as a defensive graduate assistant/assistant linebacker coach in 2012 and Georgia, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2011. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2003 following a successful career at the University of Georgia. The former linebacker earned All-SEC second-team honors his senior season with 114 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Following his stint with Arizona, Gilbert played for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-07) and Atlanta Falcons (2008-09).

Owens enters his first season as the defensive coordinator at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Owens spent the last two seasons (2017-18) as a defensive graduate assistant with the University of Washington. A collegiate standout at Montana State (2008-2012), he was named the 2012 Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a two-time All-America linebacker. This is Owens' second time participating in the Bill Walsh diversity coaching program as he was with Nagy and the Kansas City Chiefs during their 2016 training camp.

Roundtree is currently a graduate assistant coaching receivers at the University of Michigan, with last season being his first in Ann Arbor. A former wideout for the Wolverines, he finished his collegiate career with 154 receptions for 2,304 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns from 2008-12. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 but did not make the final roster out of training camp. Prior to coaching at Michigan, Roundtree tutored wide receivers at Indiana State (2017), served as a receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Limestone College (2016) and was receivers coach at Colorado State-Pueblo (2015).