Natrone Means Completes Athlete Development Professional Certification Program at Prestigious Wharton University of Pennsylvania

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem State University running backs coach, Natrone Means, was chosen for and completed The Athlete Development Professional Certification Program at Wharton University of Pennsylvania.

This program is a joint venture between Wharton Executive Education and the National Football League developed in conjunction with the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. Designed by Wharton faculty and NFL insiders, including Troy Vincent, former NFL player and EVP of Football Operations, this impactful program will consist of a 4-day in-person module, virtual sessions and a hands-on small group project that will provide the ongoing sports business education that will enable you to provide more value to your organization.

Participants of this program are professionals currently in the Athlete Engagement or Player Engagement role in either professional or collegiate athletics, with a minimum of three years experience, along with professionals currently in the Sports Industry Management field in either professional or collegiate athletics looking to move into the Athlete Engagement or Player Engagement role.

NFL great Natrone Means, just completed his first season as the WSSU Rams running backs coach.

Means is best known for his stellar career in the National Football League (NFL) where he enjoyed a seven-year career that included a trip to Super Bowl XXIX. During that appearance, he became the youngest player (22) to score a touchdown in the Super Bowl when he scored on a one-yard touchdown rush in the first quarter. He was drafted by the Chargers in the second round (41st) of the 1993 NFL Draft. For his career, he totaled 5,215 yards and 45 touchdowns. The highlight came during the 1994 season when he rushed for 1,350 yards and 12 touchdowns. During his career, Means was an All-Pro selection as well as a Pro Bowl selection in 1994. In 2009, he was also honored as a member of the San Diego Chargers' 50th Anniversary Team in 2009 and was a finalist in 2012 to be inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.

Prior to playing in the NFL, Means attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he enjoyed a great collegiate career. He was a two-time first team All-ACC selection and finished his career with 3,074 total rushing yards and 34 touchdowns on 605 attempts. He also had 61 receptions for 500 yards as well.

Means' coaching career has reached several levels from high school to college and even at the professional levels. Means got his first taste of coaching during the summer months of 2003 and 2006 when he participated in the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program with the Atlanta Falcons. His collegiate coaching career began in 2005 when he joined the coaching staff as the running backs coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2006. In 2007, he took his coaching talents to the high school level where he served as the Run Game Coordinator and Running Backs Coach at West Charlotte High School. In the following year, he returned to the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program primarily focusing on developing the skills of Carolina Panthers running backs De'Angelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart in preparation for what would be a record-breaking season as they became the first set of teammates to each rush for 1,100 yards in NFL history.

From 2008-2011, Means served as the Regional Scouting Director for Collegiate Sports of America assisting qualified high school student-athletes market themselves for scholarship consideration to colleges of all competitive levels across the country. In 2010, he became the Running Back Lead for the Nike Football Training Camps and has spent the previous two seasons before joining Winston Salem State serving as Running Back Coach & Offensive Coordinator at Hopewell High School. Means is married to Shonda Means and they have four children and reside in Huntersville, North Carolina.