Arizona Cardinals Announces First NFL Female Coach Jen Welter
|Arizona Cardinals Announces First NFL Female Coach Jen Welter|
The Cardinals say Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL.
Welter is herself a former pro player, who spent 14 pro seasons with the Dallas Diamonds, part of the Women’s Football Alliance (a full-contact Women's American football league that began in 2009), helping them to win four titles.
She also has a master’s degree in sports psychology and a PhD in psychology, meaning she's actually Dr Jen Welter.
Welter’s year has been full of firsts.
Last season, she became the first woman to coach in a men’s professional league, when she was hired by Texas Revolution, part of the Indoor Football League.
In February this year she was also the first woman to play in a non-kicking position in a men’s professional league, for Revolution.
He will work with outside linebackers for the next two seasons.
|Mr. Bill Bidwill|
“The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” Arians said.
Speaking to azcardinals.com on Monday, Arians said: “Coaching is nothing more than teaching. One thing I have learned from players is ‘How are you going to make me better?
If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, I’ll
It’s the second such barrier to be broken in the NFL this year. The league announced in April that Sarah Thomas would be the first woman to be a full-time NFL official.
In the NBA, Becky Hammon is an assistant coach with San Antonio and served as the head coach for the Spurs’ team that won the Las Vegas Summer League championship.
S/o to all the women who love & play football. I want to share this moment w/ you! Ladies, anything is possible! #nfl pic.twitter.com/s4gIvHm4CQ— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) July 28, 2015