Lance Newmark enters his 18th year in the Lions player personnel department and his first as the team’s director of college scouting after being promoted to the position in May 2015.
In his new role, Newmark, 40, will oversee the player personnel’s college scouting operations and the team’s evaluation of college talent. He has spent the past seven seasons as the assistant director of college scouting following his promotion in 2008 and has also served as a national scout, evaluating prospects throughout the country.
Newmark's time with the Lions began in 1998, assisting the player personnel department with various pro and college scouting assignments during the season and in preparation for the 1999 NFL Draft. Newmark was officially hired as a personnel scout on May 1, 1999 and worked six years in that role before being promoted to national scout in 2005. Prior to his time with the Lions, Newmark worked two years for the San Diego Chargers as a staff assistant.
Raised in La Mesa, Calif., Newmark played wide receiver for two years at San Diego Mesa College, before transferring to the University of San Diego for one year, where injuries ended his playing career. He holds a degree in social sciences.
Newmark and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Commerce Township, Mich. with their daughters Laci, Kendall and Ava.