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Detroit Lions create ‘Player Wellness’ department, make changes to personnel staff

The Lions are making more administrational changes under the new regime.

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As is common after the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have made some adjustments to their personnel department for the upcoming 2021 season. The franchise announced the structure changes of that department, with some new names and some familiar ones. Here’s the full outlook of the personnel department, per their press release on Tuesday.

Note: bold represents a new employee, asterisk means a new position — “new” as of a couple weeks ago

Personnel Department

Brad Holmes – Executive Vice President and General Manager
Ray Agnew – Assistant General Manager
Lance Newmark – Director of Player Personnel
John Dorsey – Senior Personnel Executive
Dave Sears – Director of College Scouting
Rob Lohman – Director of Pro Scouting
Mike Martin – Director of Scouting Advancement*
Don Corzine – Senior Advisor, Player Personnel Operations/Strategic Initiatives*
Brian Hudspeth – National Scout
Mark Olson – National Scout
Dave Uyrus – Regional Scout
Cary Conklin – Area Scout
Patrick Mularkey – Area Scout
Steve Neal – Area Scout
Scott Sika – Area Scout
Eloy Ledesma – Area Scout
Jordan Martin – Area Scout
Joe Kelleher – Pro Scout
Justin Licker – Pro Scout
Dakota Duncan – BLESTO Scout
Bird Sherrill – Scout
Elizabeth Laux – Assistant, Player Personnel and Football Administration*
Ademi Smith – Personnel Assistant
Alexis Duhaney – Scouting Assistant
Joe Harvey – Scouting Assistant
Blake Ask – Scouting Assistant

While the Martin hire is technically new, this was a move we knew was coming. Erik Schlitt wrote about Martin’s 18 years of scouting experience here when the word of his hiring in Detroit first leaked to the media. Another note is that while Elizabeth Laux is new to the personnel department, she actually worked within the media communications department a couple years ago.

In addition to these changes, the Lions also announced a handful of additions in other departments, including the creation of a brand new department: “Player Wellness.”


Jon Dykema – Director of Football Compliance/Lead Football Counsel*
Jesse Giambra – Coordinator of Team Operations*


Jessica Gray – Co-Director of Player Engagement*
Sean Pugh – Co-Director of Player Engagement*
Dr. Michelle Garvin – Mental Skills Specialist/Clinician*