Published On: Thu, Jan 21st, 2016

Buffalo Bills make Kathryn Smith NFL’s first full-time female coach

Smith will serve as coach on special teams unit; Has worked with Rex Ryan at Bills and New York Jets

NFL has its first full-time female coach. Kathryn Smith

The NFL has its first full-time female coach. Kathryn Smith was promoted by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night to take over as special teams quality control coach on Rex Ryan’s staff.

She will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith, filling the role that opened after Michael Hamlin was not retained following the season.

Smith’s appointment comes after Jen Welter served a six-week training camp internship last summer coaching inside linebackers for the Arizona Cardinals.

Smith is well-known within the Bills staff after spending this season as an administrative assistant for the team’s assistant coaches. She spent the past seven years working alongside Ryan. She was the New York Jets player personnel assistant when Ryan took over as coach in 2009. Smith then served as Ryan’s assistant in 2014, his final year in New York before he was fired and then hired by the Bills.

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