- Date of Birth:
- January 1, 1985
Kathryn Smith (born in New York in 1985) is an American football coach. Kathryn grew up in the town of DeWitt, New York, a suburb of Syracuse. She attended the Christian Brothers Academy, playing lacrosse, swimming and bowling. After Kathryn graduated in 2003, she enrolled at St. John’s University in New York City. While at school, she majored in sports management and served as a student manager of the men’s basketball team. While at school, she interned with the NFL professional football team, the New York Jets, working as a game-day/special events worker in 2003. In 2005, she was a scouting intern for the team. After graduating from St. John’s in 2007, the Jets hired her as a player personnel assistant, working until she became an Administration assistant in 2014. A year later, Kathryn followed former Jets coach Rex Ryan to Buffalo, as she joined the Buffalo Bills as an admin assistant. In 2016, Kathryn made history when the Bills promoted her to special teams quality control coach, the first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history. While the Arizona Cardinals hired Jen Welter as an intern preseason coach for linebackers, Kathryn’s position is the first full-time coaching staff position for a woman in the NFL.
Best Known For:
Kathryn Smith is best known as being the first full-time female coach in the NFL.
Kathryn helped her father keep statistics for the Christian Brothers Academy football team. Kathryn follows in the footsteps of Linda Bodgan, the NFL’s first female scout and former assistant director of college and pro scouting for the Buffalo Bills.