The Oakland Raiders have announced the hiring of Lamonte Winston as the Director-Player Engagement.
The new position is designed to help players on the Raiders roster develop skills for life along with skills to better their career in the NFL. Winston already has 25 years experience advising and consulting professional athletes.
Originally from the Bay Area, Winston attended Oakland’s Skyline High School before attending San Francisco State by way of Merritt Junior College.
Winston first earned a job with the Kansas City Chiefs as an area scout in 1993. After then spending eight years as an assistant coach at the college level, Winston returned to the Chiefs, but this time with the front office working as the Executive Director of Player Development.
During his 14 years as the Executive Director of Player Development, Winston founded the Chiefs Player Development Program and the NFL/NCAA Champs Life Skills Program, both of which educate athletes learn about the business aspects of the NFL and help them set up plans for post-NFL life.
Winston has been honored with an award named after him due to his dedication and leadership in the development of players in the NFL. The Winston/Shell Award, which is named after him and Donnie Shell, recognizes the Most Outstanding Player Development Director/Program in the NFL.
The hire marks more change for the Raiders front office who has seen much of it since the death of iconic owner Al Davis last October. New Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie hopes Winston can bring his knowledge to Oakland and help better the Raiders players’ lives off of the field.