CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Elms College Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education (APPLE) group hosted former National Football League (NFL) player and current Assistant Athletic Director for Diversity and Inclusion at Amherst College, Billy McBride, who addressed Blazers student athletes on the topic of how to succeed on and off the field.
As an athlete, McBride gained much success on the football field and basketball court, and later succeeded as a coach, administrator, and more recently, a lecturer.
McBride was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers after a standout playing career at Tennessee State University. He played six years in the Canadian Football League and saw time in several NFL training camps as a wide receiver, defensive back, kick and punt returner and place holder.
He later served as head coach of the Amherst women's basketball team, earning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and Russell Athletic/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) District 1 Coach of the Year honors in 2000-01 after leading the Lord Jeffs to 23 wins.
In 2010, The Black Men of Greater Springfield recognized McBride with its Community Service Award for his work with the W.E.B. Du Bois Academy. McBride is Amherst’s liaison for community engagement within the Athletic Department, and has continuously worked with the academy over the last few years.