(CATHEDRAL CITY) – “We’re bringin’ nasty back.”

The words of head coach and non-profit founder J David Miller said it all after the six-time champion SoCal Coyotes came to terms with former University of Miami Hurricane and veteran defensive lineman/linebacker Kelvin Cain, who in previous stints with America’s #1 Developmental Pro Football Program led the team in tackles for loss (TFLs), pass knock-downs, and quarterback pressures.

RAISIN’ CAIN – The veteran ‘destroyer’ re-joins Coyote legend Jake Sheffield on an upgraded SoCal defensive line

The 6-5, 270-pound Cain will report to camp February 11 with returning Coyote veterans for the 2022 Developmental Football International (DFI) season. He joins a vicious ‘Darkside Defense’ that includes all-time sack leader and defensive end Jake Sheffield (Arizona State; 103 career, 13 in 2021); former D-1 (Oregon State) linebacker Michael Greer (who led SoCal in tackles); and safety Trayvon Watson (Dixie State).

The signing sent a message down-roster to returning Coyotes.

SoCal – whose 2021 roster included a franchise-record 34 rookies – finished four quarters short of a seventh title. Coach Miller, assistant head coach Lawrence Coffey, and GM Scott Alvarez realize “we’re a few veterans away” to push this returning class over the top.

“The return of Kelvin gives us four dominant defensive players who are just ridiculous athletes,” said Coach Miller. “Kelvin is a finisher, and a destroyer – he has a combination of power and unbelievable speed, either in coverage or off the edge. He’s a player who can take over a game.”

In addition to leading the Coyotes to championships, in college, Cain had a 59-yard TD interception return against Bethune-Cookman as a Miami junior. The Miami letterman had breakout games against 12th-ranked Florida and a comeback win over North Carolina. As a junior, he had a season-high six solo tackles against Boston College. His career-high was nine solo tackles against Duke as a freshman.

“To return to the Coyotes means everything for me at this point in my career,” Cain said.

Coach Miller echoed the love.

“It’s a blessing to have Kelvin back,” Coach Miller said. “He makes a difference everywhere he places his feet.”

A warrior on the field – off the field, Cain was an early cornerstone of the Coyotes’ ‘Above the Line’ program, where he shared his personal story of faith, hope and redemption to thousands of kids throughout the Coachella Valley.

“Until you’ve had the taste of finishing something incredibly difficult, you will not respect yourself,” Cain told packed assemblies.

The NFL prospect often recounted a promise he made to his mother to finish every grade of school, including college, and earn his degree.

“My mom struggled,” Cain said, “but she never quit. She kept food on our table, clothes on our back, and she raised us with values and morals. And on Mother’s Day my senior year, I was able to give something to her. I was blessed to walk down that aisle and graduate from the University of Miami, and live up to my promise and finish what I started.”

Cain’s first stint with the Coyotes changed lives ‘on and off the field’ – and launched the award-winning ‘Above the Line’ program

“Everybody can give their mom the same gift,” Cain said. “But are you willing to stay focused, work extremely hard, choose good friends, and take advantage of every opportunity? There is no greater feeling, after you’ve followed through, with tears, with struggles, with pain … you must fight on, no matter the circumstances, until you finish.”

Gisselle Romo-Gonzalez (Public Relations Director – [email protected])


The six-time champion SoCal Coyotes are the 2021 California Non-Profit of the Year, and the national standard of American developmental football. The Coyotes’ organization provides elite athletes a professional environment that refines and showcases their skills through trademarked processes similar to the NBA’s G-league and MLB’s minor-league systems.

Additionally, the Coyotes’ 501c3 and award-winning ‘Above The Line™’ leadership programs impact the social, mental and physical growth of more than 50,000 youth annually through remedial curriculum, training camps, clinics and symposia. NFL executives have named the SoCal Coyotes organization America’s #1 Developmental Football Program™ for its national, scalable brands, community outreach programs, 10-year operational track record, verifiable data, youth curriculum, sales, public-private sector alliances, and measured results.


DFI is the first American developmental football organization engineered to cultivate the annual flow of 16,000 Division I, II, and III prospects. It is the first turn-key franchise platform to develop elite athletes who are attempting to thread an NFL/CFL needle of opportunity.

Faith, Family, Football™ and ‘Above the Line™ ‘ leadership development is a Chief Cornerstone of DFI, where becoming a “Game-Ready Player’ also requires prospects to be a ‘Life-Ready Man™.’

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