Kathryn Smith Makes NFL History as First Female Coach

By: Harmony Takhar

It seems women are making history everyday. Becky Hammon made history in the NBA last year by being the first female coach. This year, Kathryn Smith is making history by being the first female coach in the NFL. She is the assistant coach to the Bills and appointed to a special teams quality-control role.

Smith is originally from New York and attended St. John’s University. She wasn’t hired outside of the team. The position was a promotion, in fact. She was previously the administrative assistant for the Bills.  Smith initially started working in the NFL for the Jets as an intern. Before that, she even worked as a student manager for the St. John’s University’s men’s basketball team.


Rodak, Mike. “Five Things to Know about Bills’ Kathryn Smith, First NFL Female Coach.” ESPN. N.p., 21 Jan. 2016. Web. 2 Mar. 2016.

Perez, A.J. “Meet Kathryn Smith, the NFL’s First Female Full-time Assistant Coach.” USA Today. N.p., 22 Jan. 2016. Web. 2 Mar. 2015.


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