LAKELAND, Fla.—Southeastern University football coach Keith Barefield has announced the addition of Ronnie Ghent to the Fire coaching staff for the 2015 season.
Ghent, a Lakeland native, joins the Fire staff as part of the NFLPA Coaching Internship program. The NFLPA Coaching Internship is an opportunity, built in collaboration with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), which provides transitioning and former NFL players an in-depth, foundational coaching experience.
“Coaching college football has been a dream of mine ever since I stopped playing in 2012,” said Ghent. “I grew up nearby in the Crystal Grove area and have watched Southeastern grow from Southeastern Bible College to blossoming to what it is today. I’m thankful to even be considered as part of the process.”
Ghent spent five seasons playing in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints. His professional career also had stops with the Hartford Colonials and Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League, and the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League.
“Ronnie Ghent is an outstanding addition to our staff,” said Barefield. “He brings an energy, perspective and experience that complements our team. We are grateful for the opportunity the NFLPA Coaching Internship Program provides rising coaching talent as Coach Ghent. We are especially appreciative that he is a part of SEU Fire Football.”
After playing at Lakeland High School, Ghent went on to become a four-time First-Team All-Conference USA tight end at the University of Louisville.
“For me, this isn’t work, I enjoy doing it, I love it, and I love being around the game,” said Ghent. “I consider my role to be more than football; I see my role to be a mentor and a life coach and be a positive male figure in their lives.”
The Fire open up their season on August 29th in Clearwater against the University of Faith.
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