The Buffalo Bills are making history! On Jan. 20 the pro football team announced that they had hired Kathryn Smith as the team’s new assistant coach, officially making her the NFL’s first full-time female coach. Yay!
This is so exciting! While there not be any actual female football players in the NFL just yet, the league did take a step in the right direction on Jan. 20, when the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the team’s next assistant coach, thus making her the first full-time female coach in NFL history — Congrats!
This is huge. The Bills made a groundbreaking decision on Jan. 20 to hire Kathryn as the team’s new special teams quality control coach. The position was made official with the league office on Jan. 19, according to Pro Football Talk, and later confirmed in a tweet made the team. Kathryn will replace Michael Hamlin, who the Bills announced earlier this month would not return as special teams quality control coach.
Prior to joining the Bills, Kathryn worked as the administrative assistant to coach Rex Ryan in 2015, a position she also held during his final year with the New York Jets. Before that, she spent seven years as a player personnel assistant with the Jets, and served as a game day/special events intern and a college scouting intern. So clearly, this girl knows her stuff!
“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” Ryan said in a statement. “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams.”
“Kathryn has been working in a football administrative role and assisted the assistant coaches for years,” he continued. “She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity. She will work with [special teams coordinator] Danny Crossman and [special teams assistant] Eric Smith involving a number of responsibilities.”
Kathryn’s appointment comes on the heels of another major female appointment in the NFL. Back in July 2015, the Arizona Cardinals made headlines when they hired Jen Welter to serve as a training camp assistant coach. While Jen was technically the NFL’s first female coach in the league’s history, she was not a full-time staff member, as she was let go by the team when her assignment of coaching the linebackers ended.
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