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sixth most in school history, while his first two seasons were highlighted by mentoring future fifth-round
pick RB Joseph Randle to back-to-back first-team All-Big 12 selections. Joseph led the conference
with 1,417 yards on the ground in 2012 and rushed for 24 scores in 2011 en route to a Big 12 title.
Joseph went on to be the Dallas Cowboys’ fifth round pick (151st overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Singleton spent nine years on Air Force’s coaching staff prior to joining Oklahoma State, serving
as a run game coordinator/running backs coach (2007-10), running backs coach (2006), varsity
assistant coach (2003-05) and a prep assistant (2000). In his tenure as running backs coach,
Singleton led the Falcons to a conference rushing title and a top-10 national ranking each year,
highlighted by a 2010 season that featured the nation’s number two rushing attack, averaging 306.5
yards per game and totaled 41 touchdowns, tying an Mountain West Conference record. In 2009, the
offense averaged 293.5 yards per game on the ground, the third-best mark in the nation. In 2007,
Singleton guided RB Chad Hall to a MWC Offensive Player of the Year Honor and third-team All-
American honors after finishing with 1,478 rushing yards and 2,683 all-purpose yards. Hall went on
to play three seasons in the NFL, playing with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2001, Singleton was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark. He served
as the Chief of Media Relations as part of his military service commitment. In 2003, he returned
to the Air Force Academy as the junior varsity defensive coordinator and varsity assistant coach. He
began his coaching career in 2000 as a prep assistant, specifically as the team’s assistant head
PERSONAL: Native of San Antonio, Texas…Attended Air Force Academy where he earned a
bachelor’s degree in social sciences while also playing running back for the football team…Played
three seasons for the Academy (1996-98), tallying 941 rushing yards on 175 carries, adding four
scores…Was a three-year letter winner at halfback and was an honorable-mention all-Western
Athletic Conference selection as a senior…Helped the program win 10 games in back-to-back
seasons for the first time in school history, including its first outright conference title in 1998…
To this day, is one of just six players in Air Force history to be elected a two-time captain…As the
son of an Air Force Sergeant, was born in Incirlik, Turkey…Has a wife, Jennifer, and two daughters,
Morgan and Mallory.
Jemal Singleton (continued)
Rick Slate, who brings 30 years of strength and conditioning experience, enters his first season
with the Silver and Black as a strength and conditioning assistant. He joins the Raiders after
spending the previous 25 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Florida Marlins, New
York Mets and Atlanta Braves.
Slate was most recently with the Braves organization from 2011-17 serving as the team’s director
of strength and conditioning. Slate initially joined Atlanta in 2011 and served as the Braves’ minor
league strength and conditioning coordinator before being promoted in 2012.
In Atlanta, Slate oversaw all aspects of the Braves’ strength and conditioning program throughout
all levels of the organization. Under his program, the Braves reached the postseason in back-to-back
seasons from 2012-13 and saw the team capture the NL East title in 2013.
Prior to joining Atlanta, Slate was with the Mets for eight seasons from 2003-10 as New York’s
strength and conditioning coordinator. Slate helped the club win the NL East title in 2006, their first
division crown since 1988, and went on to reach the League Championship Series.
Slate began his professional career with the Marlins in 1992, one year prior to their inaugural
season, as the team’s minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. He was promoted in 1993
and served as Florida’s strength and conditioning coordinator for nine years. During his tenure with
the Marlins, Slate helped them win the 1997 World Series, becoming the first wild card team ever
to win the World Series.
Before entering professional baseball, Slate spent six years at Florida State as an assistant
strength and conditioning coach from 1987-92. During his time at Florida State, he helped the
football program record six consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins, while earning six bowl
wins and one ACC championship. He also helped his collegiate teams make it to the Sweet 16 in
basketball and the College World Series in baseball while at Florida State.
PERSONAL: Native of St. Augustine, Fla. …Attended Florida State earning a bachelor’s degree
in sports management and a master’s certificate in athletic administration…Certified Strength and
Conditioning Coach and Registered Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National
Strength and Conditioning Association…Holds numerous other certifications…Has two daughters,
Layla and Jada.
1st season in NFL
1st season with Raiders
Frank Smith is in his first season as tight ends coach with the Silver and Black, bringing 13 years
of coaching experience, including the last eight in the NFL.
Smith joins the Raiders after spending the previous three seasons as tight ends coach
with the Chicago Bears (2015-17). In 2015, Smith took over a tight end corps that included
accomplished veteran TES Martellus Bennett and Zach Miller. During Smith’s tenure, Miller led
Bears’ tight ends with 1,161 yards on 101 receptions. His 11 touchdowns were tied for 13th in
the NFL among tight ends during that span, despite only playing in 33 games because of injuries.
Despite only playing in eight games after a grisly injury ended his season early, Miller finished
sixth on the team in 2017 with 20 receptions for 236 yards. Rookie TE Adam Shaheen led the team
with three touchdowns and nabbed 12 receptions for 127 yards in his first season. After acquiring
TE Dion Sims in the offseason, the veteran tight end finished with 15 receptions for 180 yards,
second amongst Bears’ tight ends. In 2016, Miller set career highs in receptions (47) and receiving
yards (486) in spite of only playing in 10 games due to injury. His four touchdowns were good for
12th in the NFL amongst tight ends.
During his first season with the Bears, Smith guided the veteran pair of Bennett and Miller to a
successful season as the duo finished tied for third on the team in receiving yards (439). Bennett
finished second on the team with 53 receptions with Miller finishing fifth with 34. Miller led the
Bears with a career-high five receiving touchdowns.
Prior to joining the Bears, Smith spent five seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2010-14).
During his time with the Saints, Smith supported the offensive staff in game preparation and
assisted with the offensive line. From 2010-14, the Saints offensive line allowed just 143 sacks,
third fewest in the NFL. Four Saints offensive linemen were named to the Pro Bowl during Smith’s
time with the unit: T Jermon Bushrod, G Jahri Evans, G Ben Grubbs and G Carl Nicks. Evans was
named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press three times (2010-12) and Nicks earned the honor
From 2007-09, Smith was the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Butler University
after joining the university as the offensive line coach in 2006. Smith helped turn the football
program around during his stint at Butler. The Bulldogs posted a 4-7 record in 2007 and improved
to an impressive 11-1 in 2009.
Smith came to Butler University from his alma mater, Miami (Ohio) University, where worked on
the coaching staff as a graduate assistant from 2004-05.
PERSONAL: Native of Milwaukee, Wis. ...Was a three-year starter and senior captain along the
offensive line at Miami (Ohio) from 2000-03, blocking for QB Ben Roethlisberger...Graduated from
Miami (Ohio) in 2004.
9th season in NFL
1st season with Raiders