Jennifer King wrote the date on Tuesday. The 36-year-old American is the first black woman to become a full-time coach (assistant) in the NFL with a promotion at the NFL in Washington.
“That’s great news,” King said on the Washington soccer team website. “It means a lot. It’s a good moment for me, but it’s also a big step forward for women in football.”
King was already part of the Washington technical team as a coach last season. Now an assistant to Randy Jordan, a back coach (attacking position). In the NFL, the most popular sports league in the United States, all teams have one or more coaches per position.
King is the second full-time coach in the NFL. Lori Locust has been working as assistant defensive line coach at Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2019. With this team, you’ll be in the Super Bowl next Sunday, the NFL season final.
More and more women are occupying important positions in American sports
Clubs from the four major American sports leagues (American football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey) have increasingly appointed women to important positions in recent years.
Kim Ng, who works for baseball club in Miami Marlins, became the first technical director of the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL two months ago.
Becky Hammon has been a lead assistant to legendary basketball coach Gregg Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs for years. At the end of last year, the former NBA star was the first woman to take charge of the NBA team, after Popovic was fired during a match for commenting on umpires.
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