Chiefs send Eric Bieniemy, Tim Terry to NFL’s leadership accelerator program

Eric Bieniemy, KC Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Eric Bieniemy, KC Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

The National Football League has announced a brand new leadership accelerator program intended to provide mentorship and experience for both future head coaches and front office heads for candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The league is opening up spots for 60 candidates to participate in these leadership sessions and networking opportunities and the Kansas City Chiefs are sending two candidates to benefit: Eric Bieniemy and Tim Terry.

The Chiefs are sending Eric Bieniemy and Tim Terry to a new leadership accelerator program next week to help provide networking opportunities.

It’s almost laughable that Bieniemy would need this sort of opportunity in order to earn a head coaching spot at this point, given that he’s been the offensive coordinator for one of the NFL’s most dynamic offenses for several years now. He’s been with Andy Reid for nearly a decade and has interviewed with approximately half of the league’s franchises for a head coaching opening already.

Still, this new program exists for those who are currently underrepresented in the largely white spaces in both decision-making spaces in the front office and on the sidelines and that definitely includes Bieniemy. In fact, it reinforces the need for something to help.

Tim Terry is the Senior Director Of Pro Personnel for the Chiefs and has been with the team since 2017. Before, that he was an assistant director with the Green Bay Packers for 8 years and spent a total of 13 years in Green Bay. The Chiefs lost Ryan Poles last offseason to the Chicago Bears to be their new general manager, and more teams are likely going to want to interview those under Brett Veach in coming years.

Per a press release, “The program will provide senior women and minority prospects with leadership development sessions with football operations experts and facilitators, as well as time spent networking directly with club owners.” The two-day event will take place at the beginning of next week—May 23-24—in Atlanta, Georgia.

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