The Buffalo Bills hire the NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach in history.
Kathryn Smith made history yesterday by becoming a member of the Bills’ coaching staff. Kathryn has been in the NFL for 13 years, starting as a special events intern for the New York Jets and up until last year she stayed in New York working her way up from college scouting intern to player personnel assistant to administrative assistant. After a transfer in 2015 to the Buffalo Bills she finally made it to special teams quality control coach.
Rex Ryan, the head coach of the Bills, has put a lot of trust in Kathryn and said “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I know that she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams.” Her promotion was first announced by Josh Reed, formerly an anchor and sports reporter ABC27, the new Sports Director of Buffalo’s WIVB-TV (Buffalo’s local television station) on Twitter when he posted a picture of a statement made by Buffalo Bills.
It would seem that the NFL are encouraging women to join in with the sport after signing the league’s first female referre in history last year. However, the NFL aren’t the first league to hire women, the NBA has been at the centre of the gender equality issue since 2001 where the Cleveand Cavaliers held Lisa Boyer, a volunteer assistant. The San Antonio Spurs jumped on the band-wagon last season as they hired Becky Hammon as an assistant.
The Bills hope Kathryn will give their next season a boost after failing to even reach the playoffs this year.