CANTON, OHIO — Kathyrn Tylander of the Boston Renegades became the fourth coach selected from the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) to attend the prestigious NFL Alumni Academy as a coaching intern. Tylander, a Harvard graduate, has 13 years of experience as an offensive player for Boston having played tight end, wide receiver, quarterback, and special teams. She retired after the 2021 season and began her coaching career as an offensive assistant for the Renegades during tryouts this fall.
At the NFL Alumni Academy, Tylander will work side by side with some of the world’s best football coaches and player performance trainers. The Academy trains top free agent football players in preparation to sign an in-season contract with an NFL team. Altogether, NFL teams typically seek to replace over 500 active roster players over the course of a season.
Other WFA coaches selected for the NFL Alumni Academy include Reese Greene (Arlington Impact), Monique Boone (Cali War), and Marlene Davis (Richmond Black Widows). The WFA will select two more coaches from its ranks in the coming weeks.
The Academy trains and prepares on the campus of Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls in Canton, Ohio.
About the Women’s Football Alliance
The Women’s Football Alliance is the largest women’s football league in the world. With 62 teams and 2,100 players, the WFA creates opportunities for women to compete and learn the game at the highest level. The professionalism and success of the WFA has been recognized by major corporate sponsors including Secret, KT Tape, Xenith, Wilson, AdeNation and Glazier. Its recent television network agreement with Next Level Sports will expand its audience reach across the country. Over 25 WFA alumni have accepted NFL coaching and scouting positions, including WFA Advisory Board members and current NFL full time coaches Jennifer King, (Washington Football Team), Callie Brownson (Cleveland Browns) and Lori Locust (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
About the NFL Alumni Association
The NFL Alumni Association is oldest and most recognizable national organization of retired former athletes. The NFL Alumni Association serves former National Football League players, coaches and other employees whose “Caring for our Own” mission is to serve, assist and inform former players and their families. NFL Alumni Health is an entity focused on health and wellness initiatives to improve the quality of life for NFL Alumni membership and their families. The association offers a variety of medical, financial and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive and connected lives, as well as philanthropic and community initiatives under the NFL Alumni’s “Caring for Kids” programs. The NFL Alumni Association hosts the NFL Alumni Academy player development program each football season at the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls in Canton, Ohio.
About the NFL Alumni Academy
The NFL Alumni Academy provides a pathway for the top-graded free agent players that were released from NFL training camps to return to the NFL by giving them the opportunity to further develop their skills and realize their potential by training under the tutelage of elite former NFL coaches, players and performance coaches. The Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls will initially serve as the NFL Alumni Academy’s headquarters and training facility. The Academy will then move to the Center for Performance, which will be located on the Village’s campus and is anticipated to be completed in 2022. The Center for Performance will feature an 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor field house and training facility, among other amenities.