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Rival Report 1/21: NFL's first full-time female assistant coach hired by Buffalo Bills

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The days where women were not welcome to coach men's professional sports teams appear to slowly be coming to an end. The first high profile instance was with Becky Hammond being hired by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA as an assistant coach, then Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as a coaching intern throughout training camp and the preseason last year, and now the Buffalo Bills have hired Kathryn Smith as the first woman to be a full-time assistant coach in the NFL.

Our Raiders own beloved Al Davis hired the first woman executive in the NFL when he promoted the ineffable Amy Trask to being CEO back in 1997. Still, the old boys club has been slow to introduce women into the coaching ranks with it taking 19 years after Miss Trask was the first female executive in the NFL to finally have a full time coaching position filled by a woman.

Congratulations to Kathryn Smith on her history making promotion. She started out working with Rex Ryan in New York before following Rex to Buffalo. Her dedication to the sport and loyalty to Rex Ryan has lead to her being named the Special Teams Quality Control coach for the Buffalo Bills. This is surely just the first of many women to come into the coaching ranks, but it takes the first one to allow the rest to follow.

There will be a day that this type of hiring is not big news, and when that day comes we can look back to 2016 as the day the first section of the brick wall started tumbling down. This is one more barrier that needed to be crossed and it is about time that it officially happened. Read more about Kathryn Smith by following the links below.

Buffalo Bills hire Kathryn Smith as special teams quality control coach - Buffalo Rumblings
No female has ever held a full-time NFL coaching position before, but the Buffalo Bills have changed that by naming Kathryn Smith their special teams quality control coach.

Bills hire Kathryn Smith, the NFL's first female full-time assistant coach - SBNation.com
Kathryn Smith will join their staff next season as a special teams quality control coach.

Buffalo Bills make Kathryn Smith NFL's first full-time female coach | Sport | The Guardian
Kathryn Smith has been promoted by the Buffalo Bills to take over as special teams quality control coach on Rex Ryan’s staff

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