BUFFALO BILLS MAKE HISTORY WITH FIRST FULL-TIME NFL FEMALE COACH
Kathryn Smith announced as Buffalo Bills full-time coach. Photo: Anna Stolzenber Associated Press
BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Bills made history by promoted Kathryn Smith to special teams quality control. This is the first full-time female coach in NFL history. Female coaches are making in impact on male-dominated sports. In 2014, for WNBA player Becky Hammon joined Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs staff as the first full-time female assistant coach. In 2015 Jen Welter spent a six-week intership as an inside linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals.
Smith has worked hard to get where she is at by being qualified and putting in the time. Buffalo Bills co-owner Kim Pegula said in a statement released to The Associated Press about Smith, “she has proven that she does excellent work.”
Kathryn Smith said in a statement she released on being named the Bills Quality Control-Special Teams Coach, “I would like to thank Rex Ryan, Kim and Terry Pegula and the Buffalo Bills franchise for this opportunity. I am excited to continue to work with our special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, special teams assistant Eric Smith and our entire coaching staff and players as we prepare for the 2016 NFL season. The amount of attention generated from this announcement in the past 24 hours has been extraordinary, however, my focus remains on my job responsibilities and helping the team win. I would like to thank my family and friends for all their support. It’s a tremendous honor to become the first full-time female assistant coach in the National Football League and I appreciate Rex Ryan giving me this opportunity based on the merit of my work and my commitment to this organization.”
Smith began in 2003 with the Jets as an intern, a college scouting intern in 2005 and moved up to player personnel assistant in 2007 when she also graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in business. Bills Head coach Rex Ryan said in a press release, “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment.” Smith has spent the last seven years on staff with Rex Ryan and has been working in a football administrative role and assisted the assistant coaches during that time. She spent the 2015 season as the team’s administrative assistant to the head coach.
Sarah Thomas, Jen Welter, & now Kathryn Smith — serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams for the Bills! pic.twitter.com/0wH419aVRq
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 21, 2016