Four ACC assistants will attend the NCAA Champion Forum, a networking and leadership seminar for minority coaches identified as potential future head coaches.
Vince Brown, Virginia defensive line coach/assistant special teams coach
Scottie Montgomery, Duke passing game coordinator/receivers coach
Al "Buzz" Preston, Georgia Tech receivers coach
DeAndre Smith, Syracuse running backs coach
The Forum is set for June 13-15 in Orlando, Fla., and features an opportunity for participating assistants to meet with athletic directors, search firms that assists schools in coaching searches, conduct simulated job interviews, hear from head coaches and school presidents about expectations and challenges of the job, and get some media training as well.
Two other assistants with ACC ties will be there as well -- former Virginia Tech assistant Kevin Sherman (now at Purdue) and former North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers (now at Ohio State). In all, the Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and SEC will be represented at the event.
Brown is going into his fourth season as an assistant, but first coaching the defensive line. He started his coaching career in 2007 after playing in the NFL for eight seasons.
Montgomery and Smith are in their first seasons at their respective jobs. Montgomery, though, is in his second stint at Duke after serving as an assistant in the NFL the last three seasons and by all accounts is a rising star in the profession. Smith came to Syracuse from New Mexico, and has coached nine 1,000-yard rushers in 14 years as an assistant.
Preston is the longest serving assistant in the group, having been at Georgia Tech since 2008 and an assistant overall for 32 seasons.