The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have hired Duke Preston to serve as the team's Director of Player Development.
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.