The Buffalo Bills have made history this evening as they’ve hired Kathryn Smith as the first full-time assistant coach. She’ll be the team’s special teams quality control coach.
She’s the second woman to coach in the NFL, but Jen Welter was with the Arizona Cardinals for the preseason only.
“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” Bills coach Rex Ryan said in a statement released by the team. “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.
“I consulted with Bruce Arians on this since he was really the first NFL head coach to make this kind of move when he hired a female linebackers coach through the summer. You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Greg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization.”
Smith and Ryan have worked together in the past, as she served as the team’s administrative assistant this past season. The administrative role was the same when Ryan worked with Smith during the 2014 season with the New York Jets.
She was with the Jets for seven-years. She also was a player personnel assistant, as well.
Thanks to Ryan, she’ll now have an opportunity to earn a living as an NFL assistant coach and climb the ladder. Should she move up in this journey, she’ll be a ground breaker in the NFL as Hammon is in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.
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