Rex Ryan is notorious for stirring up controversy and making headlines, but, this time: he’s grabbing everyone’s attention in a positive light.
On Wednesday, Rex announced that the Buffalo Bills have officially promoted and hired Kathryn Smith as its special teams quality coach, making her the NFL’s first full-time female coach.
Smith’s hiring to the Bills staff continues to reinforce the progression of female employment within NFL operations. In the last year: the NFL has hired Sarah Thomas as its first full-time referee, and the Cardinals recruited Jen Welter to serve as a coaching intern during the team’s training camp.
In addition to Becky Hammond being given the reins to the San Antonio Spurs’ Summer League team/a spot on Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff + Nancy Lieberman’s hiring by the Sacramento Kings, it has truly been a memorable year for women in professional sports.