Pretty exciting news today that the NFL hired its first full-time female coach. The Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as Special Teams Quality Control, an assistant coach position on Rex Ryan’s staff. Click here to read the story. In July 2015, the Arizona Cardinals hired Jen Welter as a pre-season intern, coaching linebackers. Ms. Smith, however, will be the NFL’s first full-time regular season female coach. As the father of two daughters, I think this is great as — while my girls will probably not want to coach football — any new ground for women is welcomed news!
“I consulted with (Cardinals coach) Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer,” Ryan continued. “You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady (Becky Hammon) that is an assistant to Coach (Greg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization.”
Hats off to the Bills and to the Cardinals! And best wishes to Ms. Smith where every steps she takes up the ladder will be breaking new ground.
That’s it for now football fans.