Normally, you can pick football players out on campus when they are sporting team gear.
Darren Braxton is not a player on the Shippensburg University football team, but rather a coach. He has been on the volunteer coaching staff for the running backs and fullbacks of the team for three years, and he hopes that this work experience will prove useful in his future.
The coaching gig is similar to an internship, acting as a resume booster. It just so helps that Braxton’s looks even more impressive, seeing as he is involved with a successful program. The Raiders have a record of 28 wins and 16 losses the last four seasons with the assistance of Braxton.
The 22-year-old is a Communication/Journalism Major at Shippensburg and is a graduate of the Boy's Latin School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the 2nd graduating class in the school’s history. Throughout his tenure at Boy's Latin, he played varsity football all four years, playing just about every position you can think of. Some of the positions he played included offensive tackle, defensive tackle and tight end.
After a successful high school career, Braxton thought a different role on the team would be positive for himself.
"The environment is still very much the same, even though I don't play anymore. The competitiveness is still there and it feels just as good." Braxton said. The Raiders ended the 2016 season with a 7–4 record.