Preston comes to Tampa Bay from the University of Notre Dame, where he worked as the football team’s Director of Player Development (April 2014-Current), following time spent as Director of Student-Athlete Welfare & Development (January 2013-April 2014). Prior to joining Notre Dame, Preston worked as an Area Director/Program Spokesman for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (July 2010-January 2013).
As director of player development, Preston will focus on the personal and professional growth of players through guidance and support, with a focus in five core areas: career development, career transition assistance, continuing education, financial education and player assistance services.
Preston – a former offensive lineman – played collegiately at the University of Illinois, before being drafted in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. In a four-year NFL career, Preston played in 59 games with 20 starts, spending time with the Bills, the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. While at Illinois, Preston earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and began work on a master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies. Following his playing career, Preston earned a master’s degree in Christian Education from the Dallas Theological Seminary.
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