Meet Jen Welter, NFL's 1st Female Coach Ever

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: August 02, 2015
News Source: NBC News

In the history of the National Football League, Jen Welter becomes the first female coach ever - as she has been hired by the Arizona Cardinals as a training camp-preseason intern coach working with inside line backers, the NBC News reported recently. That also makes her the first female coach for the team, the report also said.

With a Ph.D in Psychology to her name, as well as a Master's degree in Sports Psychology, Dr. Jen Welter trailblazes the path for other female coaches in NFL, and inspires young females to get into the male-dominated sport.

As she said last year on NBC's Today, "I want little girls everywhere to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football."

Jen Welter is a football veteran, having played 14 seasons in women's pro football and was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men's pro league — as a running back for the Texas Revolution of Indoor Football League, according to NBC News.

She also won gold medals with Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women's World Championships in 2010 and 2013. Hence, her appointment is well-deserved, and it opens the door for opportunities for women.

The move to hire her is also said to be something discussed previously by Coach Bruce Arians who said in an interview some months ago that the NFL "would hire female coaches if they "can prove they can make a player better."

Coach diversity is something lacking in NFL, according to one report in 2013. "Diversity, or the lack thereof, within the NFL coaching ranks remains a hot topic. In 2013, not one minority coach was hired despite eight teams looking for new head coaches to lead their franchises." <a href="">click here</a>

Minority coach. It did not mention anything about women coach. Welter's appointment is a step forward towards greater diversity in American football.

"I've been playing this game for a long time, but this wasn't something I dreamed about. It wasn't something I could have ever envisioned happening," Welter said in an interview with Bleacher Report. - <a href="">click here</a>, the largest diversity job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through, you can post veterans jobs for your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements. Visit <a href="" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now.

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