July 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

MSU's Archie Collins, Michigan's Cato June join Lions for internship program

Cato June was named NFL All-Pro in 2005 with the Colts. (Donna Ward / Getty Images)

The Lions have added four interns to their coaching staff as part of the the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. They are Archie Collins (defensive backs), Cato June (defensive backs), Quinn Gray (quarterbacks) and Kefense Hynson (wide receivers).

Collins was a safety at Michigan State in 1996-97 and is currently in his second season as the defensive backs coach at Central Michigan. He is from Detroit Cass Tech and coached in the Detroit PSL for seven years.

June was a defensive back at Michigan from 1999-2002 and went on to a seven-year NFL career as a linebacker. He won a Super Bowl with the Colts and he his now the head coach at Anacostia High in Washington, D.C.

The program’s objective is to use NFL training camps, offseason workout programs and minicamps to give minority coaches opportunities to observe, participate and gain experience, possibly leading to a full-time NFL coaching position.

Three current NFL head coaches — Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin and Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis — are former participants.

The program is named after the former 49ers coach who conceived the idea and helped the NFL put it in place in 1987.