NFL Hires First Full-Time Female Assistant Coach

The Buffalo Bills - and new assistant coach Kathryn Smith - just made NFL history.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Professional football may seem like a man's world, but change is on the horizon. Yesterday, Kathryn Smith was hired as the first ever full-time female assistant coach in the history of the NFL. She is now a special teams quality control coach for the Buffalo Bills—not to mention a role model for any woman hoping to break into the male-dominated world of professional football.

"Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff," said Rex Ryan, head coach of the Bills, 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."

Smith started her career over ten years ago as a special events intern with the New York Jets. She was later promoted to administrative assistant and worked for six seasons under then head coach for the Jets, Rex Ryan. When Ryan made the move to Buffalo to work with the Bills, Smith followed as administrative assistant.

"Kathryn has been working in a football administrative role and assisted the assistant coaches for years. She has proven that she's ready for the next step, so I'm excited and proud for her with this opportunity," Ryan said.

So are we. Go Kathryn!

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