The Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship, started by the Cardinals in 2015 to help increase diversity in the coaching ranks and provide more opportunity for experience on the NFL level, has its newest member.
Jordan Hogan, who has spent the last three seasons as the wide receivers coach at Cornell University, was named to succeed Don Shumpert in the program. Shumpert was promoted to offensive assistant with the Cardinals earlier in the offseason. Hogan will help coach the Cardinals' quarterbacks.
Hogan has participated three times in the NFL's Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, spending time with the Ravens, Colts and Bills. A collegiate wide receiver at SUNY Brockport, Hogan has also been at assistant coach at Buffalo State and Stonehill College.
He becomes the fourth Bidwill Fellow, after Levon Kirkland, Terry Allen and Shumpert.
Bill Bidwill, who passed away in October, had been at the forefront of hiring individuals regardless of race, honored in 2010 by the Fritz Pollard Alliance with the Tank Younger award for promoting diversity in the NFL. Bidwill hired Adele Harris in 1978 as the first African American female executive in the NFL when she started as the team's director of community relations. Bob Wallace was the first African American to handle NFL contract negotiations when he was hired by the Cardinals in 1981. And the Cards were the first NFL team to have African Americans as coach and GM when Dennis Green and Rod Graves were hired in 2004.
Michael Bidwill, the current owner, was also honored by the Pollard Alliance in 2019 with the Paul Tagliabue award, given to the league or team executive who "demonstrates the integrity and leadership: Tagliabue had in career opportunities for minority candidates.