- Date of Birth:
- October 27, 1977
- 5' 3"
- Vero Beach
Jen Welter (born Jennifer Welter on October 27, 1977 in Vero Beach, Florida) is an American football player and coach. While attending Boston College, Jen played rugby with the BC Eagles. She was named the team’s MVP in her senior year, and was recruited for the United States Under-23 National Rugby Team. Jen retired from rugby and began to play women’s tackle football. Her first team was the Mass Mutiny, and she was named an All-America selection in her second season. Jen relocated to Texas, spending on season with the Dallas Dragons before switching over to the Dallas Diamonds. While with the Diamonds, Jen won four championships, in 2004-06 and 2008. In both 2010 and 2013, Jen was a member of the United States National Team, competing at the IFAF Women’s World Football Championships. She help lead the US to two gold medals. In 2014, Jen became the first non-kicker female player to play in a men’s professional football game when she played, as a running back, for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. In 2015, the Texas Revolution hired her as their linebackers and special teams coach. It wasn’t long before Jen made history again. She became the first female coach in the NFL, as the Arizona Cardinals hired her to be a training camp/preseason intern coach for the team’s linebackers.
Best Known For:
Jen Welter is best known as a professional football player, having won two Gold Medals at the IFAF Women’s World Championships, and being the first female Coach in the NFL.
In 2013, Jen earned her doctorate in psychology with a dissertation on the Wonderlic Classic Cognitive Ability test. She is also has a variety of fitness certifications.