Bucs tab Duke Preston as team’s new Director of Player Development
(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new Director of Player Development.
Raymond Newton ‘Duke’ Preston III comes to the team from the University of Notre Dame where he served in a similar capacity.
According to a release issued by the Buccaneers Preston, 32, played in the National Football League for four seasons with Buffalo, Green Bay and Dallas. Prior to working at Notre Dame he worked as a director/spokesman for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 2010 until 2013.
As Tampa Bay’s Director of Player Development Preston will focus on the personal and professional growth of the team’s roster through guidance and support. He will focus his work in five core areas – career development, career transition assistance, continuing education, financial education and player assistance services.
Preston, an offensive lineman during his playing days, was drafted in the fourth round – 122nd overall – of the 2005 NFL draft following his senior year at the University of Illinois. He started 20 of the 59 NFL games he played in.
While attending the University of Illinois Preston earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and a master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies. After leaving the NFL he got a master’s degree in Christian Education from the Dallas Theological Seminary.