(INDIO) – Atlanta Falcons great Lynn Cain, a starting fullback on the 1979 University of Southern California National Champions and former head coach of East Los Angeles College, has joined the Advisory Board of the SoCal Coyotes, and will serve as an assistant coach with America’s #1 Developmental Football Program™.

“Lynn embodies integrity, humility, kindness and moral courage,” said head coach J David Miller. “He is a patient teacher and coach. Our staff and athletes will benefit immediately from the inner strength and wisdom of this prayer warrior. Coach Cain is a leader of men.”

Cain will report with the coaching staff and players on August 10. He will be on the practice field with the Coyotes at their Shadow Hills training complex when the team opens two-a-days, Saturday, August 12.

AT USC, LATE ASSISTANT COACH John Jackson helped convert Cain from tailback to fullback, where he rushed for 914 yards behind Heisman winner Charles White. “He changed my life,” says Cain. “He taught me to become a complete back. How to block, not just run. How to be selfless allowed me to play seven years in the NFL. Self must die, for a team player to rise …”

“There has never been a greater cry in our nation for the development of young men,” said Cain, upon his appointment. “The Coyotes are defining developmental football as a means of defining men. Real football, real champions, real men. We have an opportunity here with the Coyotes to demonstrate to the NFL a model of significance, one that works both outside on the player, and inside the man.

“The real battle must be fought and won in our communities,” Cain said. “In our homes, in our relationships. We must be committed to teaching and impacting the lives of young athletes as they evolve to be responsible fathers, husbands, and mold the framework of our communities. It’s an honor to join the Coyotes in this very real crusade of faith, family and football.”

The popular Cain, named to the “Top 50 All-Time Falcons” team, played for Atlanta from 1979-84, and with the Los Angeles Rams in 1985. He shared his college backfield with Heisman Trophy winner Charles White.

Cain coached five years at East Los Angeles College, his junior college alma mater, where he restored a winning tradition and community pride. When the Huskies won a division championship in 2011, it had been 37 years since East Los Angeles had won a title – when Cain was the MVP, on the same field, at Weingart Stadium.

With the Coyotes, Cain will be reunited with All-Century USC lineman Brad Budde, a Coyote advisory board member who once paved the way for Cain and White during their legendary reign on perhaps the greatest Trojan teams of all-time.

USC 1990 Rose Bowl champion Todd Marinovich leads the 2017 Coyotes at quarterback, in his comeback attempt at age 48. Cain joins a SoCal Coyotes organization that reshapes lives, homes and communities by Building Champions, Building Men™.

“The pivotal point in my life was understanding the responsibility for the people who follow you,” Cain said. He cited a verse from a poem frequently shared by UCLA basketball legend John Wooden, on the building of men.

LYNN CAIN takes a hand-off from quarterback Steve Bartkowski during the Atlanta Falcons run to the 1980 NFL playoffs. Cain brings new emphasis to the ‘run’ in the SoCal Coyotes vaunted Run ‘n’ Shoot Silver Stretch

“A Careful Man I Want To Be

… a little fellow follows me.

“I do not dare to go astray,

for fear he’ll go the self-same way.

“I cannot once escape his eyes.
Whatever he sees me do he tries.

“Like me he says he’s going to be —
that little chap who follows me…

“He knows that I am big and fine —
And believes in every word of mine.

“The base in me he must see —
that little chap who follows me…”

The uncle of Black Eyed Peas rapper/singer/producer, will.i.am, Cain is married to bride Lisa Gordon Cain, a humanitarian. They have three children together – son Lynell Cain and daughters Desiree Jacobs and Ariyan Gant.

The couple also have four grandchildren – Damon and Raven Cain, and David and Dawson Jacobs.

DISCOVER HOW SoCal Coyotes mentors and board members make a difference – click here.


The SoCal Coyotes are the national standard of American developmental football. The Coyotes non-profit organization provides elite athletes a professional environment that refines and showcases their skills through trademarked processes similar to the NBA’s D-league and MLB’s minor-league systems. NFL executives have named the SoCal Coyotes organization America’s #1 Developmental Football Program™ for its national, scalable brands, community outreach programs, five-year operating track record, verifiable data, youth curriculum, sales, public-private sector alliances, and measured results. Visit The Coyotes Facebook.

-SVP Ron DiGrandi ([email protected])

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