NFL Hires Its First Female Coach
Jen Welter was named the first female coach in National Football League history on Monday.
— NFL (@NFL) July 28, 2015
Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals to work with inside linebackers as a training camp-preseason intern coach, according to NBC.
— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) July 28, 2015
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.