Along with his new title as Director of High School Relations, Thweatt will also remain in his current capacity as linebackers coach for the Spiders.
“We are excited to advance Byron Thweatt to the Director of High School Relations,” Rocco said. “Byron has a great relationship with the coaches in the Richmond area, having gone to high school here in Richmond and having recruited the area over the past six years.
“Byron will now be able to expand his relationships across the state and beyond and I am looking forward to Byron helping to continue to build a bridge and develop meaningful relationships with the VHSFA.”
A mainstay on the Richmond coaching staff, Thweatt, a graduate of Matoaca High School and the University of Virginia, will start his seventh season with the Spiders in 2013. As coach of the linebackers, Thweatt helped a pair of Spider linebackers earn All-CAA recognition - the first time that has happened since the 2009 season. Darius McMillan and Eric Wright earned the accolades, but the whole unit was fantastic, helping Richmond lead the country in turnover margin at +22.
“I am very excited about being named the Director of High School Relations for Richmond,” Thweatt remarked. “I am looking forward to getting out and helping to develop and improve the already great relationships the University of Richmond has with high schools in the area.”
Along with his new appointment, Thweatt also has been selected for a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship, a program administered by the NFL Management Council and NFL Player Engagement. The fellowship offers minority coaches the opportunity to participate, observe and gain experience during an NFL pre-season training camp.
Thweatt will assist the Washington Redskins’ linebackers coaches for a week during the team’s training camp, which for the first time will be held in the city of Richmond.