Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

NFL Hires Its First Female Coach

NFL Hires Its First Female Coach

Jen Welter was named the first female coach in National Football League history on Monday.

Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals to work with inside linebackers as a training camp-preseason intern coach, according to NBC.

The 37 year old played 14 seasons in women's pro football and was the running back for the Texas Revolution of Indoor Football, where she was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men's professional league.

She also won gold medals with Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championships in 2010 and 2013.

"I want little girls everywhere to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football," Welter told TODAY.

Welter is among one of the many women making bold strides in major-league men's sports. The NFL also hired its first-full time female game official, Sarah Thomas, who will join Welter on the field.

NEXT: Becky Hammon Makes History as the NBA's First Female Full-Time Coach »

Related Stories:
Becky Hammon Makes History for the Second Time In the NBA 
• NFL Cheerleaders In California Are Now Entitled to Employment Protections