On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills announced the promotion of Kathryn Smith who they have now hired as the first female NFL coach. In the past, the Arizona Cardinals had a temporary female coach, Jen Welter, but she was only working a six week internship at a training camp this past summer. Smith is going to be the first female NFL coach that will be full-time and permanent.

The Bills promoted Smith to take over work as the special team’s quality control coach for Rex Ryan’s staff.

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As such, in her job she will be assisting special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and assistant Eric Smith. She replaces Michael Hamlin, who was fired after the season ended.

First female NFL coach lauded by Ryan, others

Smith has been a well-known member of the Bills’ staff, as she has been the administrative assistant for their assistant coaches and has worked alongside Rex Ryan for seven years.

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She also was a personal assistant for the New York Jets in 2009, and was personal assistant to Ryan in 2014 before Ryan was hired by the Bills. Ryan stated that Smith deserves her appointment as the first female NFL coach because of her qualities of commitment and her knowledge. He said she had proven herself and is ready for this next step in her career.

Smith was also lauded by the Bills offensive lineman, Richie Incognito, who tweeted to show his support. He congratulated her and said he knew she would do a fantastic job.

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Gender boundary broken by Bills team in the past

The Bills are known for hiring women that are breaking the gender barriers, as way back in 1986 they hired Linda Bogdan as a full-time scout. Bogdan was the daughter of Ralph Wilson, the late Bills Hall of Fame owner. She died in 2009. Additionally, a number of NFL teams have hired women in important jobs in their front offices. For instance, Amy Trask was the chief executive officer for Raiders’ owner Al Davis beginning in 1997 until 2013 when she resigned. Another female in the NFL was Jacqueline Davison, who was promoted by the Jets last season to be the director of Football administration, as well as Dawn Aponte, who is the executive vice president of football administration for Miami. So, the announcement of Smith as the first female NFL coach is another step up for women and bodes well for young women who aspire to be professional coaches in the NFL.

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