The change that is expected throughout the football operation under general manager Reggie McKenzie manifested itself Tuesday with the hiring of former Skyline High school product Lamonte Winston as the Raiders’ director of player engagement.
Winston, who spent 17 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, including 14 as the director of player development, will consult with players on life skills issues including preparing for career after football.
Typically, hires for player development are made by the general manager in conjunction with the head coach, as Winston will be responsible monitoring and assisting how Raiders players conduct their lives outside of football.
Winston went to Skyline and Merritt College in Oakland before moving on to Westminster College and San Francisco Statae.
The NFL’s “Winston/Shell Award’’ annually recognizes the NFL’s outstanding player development director. It was named after Winston and former Pittsburgh safety Donnie Shell because of their contributions in player development.
Previously, Raiders cornerback Willie Brown served on the coaching staff in “squad development,’’ although he also had on-field responsibilities and worked with defensive backs. Longtime employee Pete Caracciolo, who works in the football operations, also has worked in that area.
Brown remains with the organization _ he accompanied owner Mark Davis to the NFL scouting combine _ but has been re-assigned to duties which have yet to be announced.