Entering the 2019 season, the National Footall League has only had three female coaches in its history.
On Wednesday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians announced that he has hired not one, but two female assistant coaches, the first ever for the Bucs. No stranger to women on his staff, Arians hired Jen Welter who served as an intern for linebackers coach Bob Sanders during the 2015 preseason. Lori Locust will be an assistant defensive line coach while Maral Javadifar will serve as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
The new female coaches are two of only five to ever hold coaching positions in NFL history.
As the NFL continues to strive to be a more diverse league, women are no exception. In 2016, Kathryn Smith became the first female to hold a coaching job in the league when she was hired by the Buffalo Bills as their special teams quality control coach. Smith was not retained by incoming head coach Sean McDermott the following year and is not currently coaching the NFL. Katie Sowers was hired as an offensive assistant by the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 and Kelsey Martinez joined the Oakland Raiders staff as a strength and conditioning assistant in 2018. Both Martinez and Sowers are still in their respective positions.
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