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Jennifer King becomes NFL's first Black female full-time coach

Washington Football Team have promoted Jennifer King to an offensive assistant, making her the first Black female full-time coach in National Football League (NFL) history.



King spent last season as an intern in Washington, spending a lot of her time working alongside running backs coach, Randy Jordan.


It is not the first time King has made history in the NFL, having become one of the fist female coaches to occupy opposing sidelines in the play-offs, alongside Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust and assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar.

King's previous experience extends back to working as an intern in the off-season and training camp of the Carolina Panthers in 2018 and 2019, as well as the quality control coach with Dartmouth College in 2019 too.


She also served as an assistant wide receiver coach and special teams assistant for the Arizona Hotshots in the Alliance of American Football, a team that now no longer exists.


The news follows just days after it was announced that Sarah Thomas would become the first woman to officiate in the Super Bowl in 2021, another positive move for female participation in the male-dominated sport.




Author: Jake Wilkin


Image by Frédéric Perez

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