BUFFALO, N.Y. (WCMH)–With the hiring of Kathryn Smith on Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills have the first full-time female coach in the NFL on their staff.
Smith will work with special teams as a quality control coach.
“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.”
According to the team’s website, Smith served as an administrative assistant under Ryan this past season. NFL.com reports she held the same role with Ryan in his final season as Jets coach in 2014. She also worked as a player personnel assistant with the Jets for seven years.
The Arizona Cardinals made headlines this season with the hiring of Jen Welter as a training camp assistant coach, a part-time position.