5 Things You May Not Know about NFL’s Kathryn Smith
The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that Kathryn Smith has been hired as their quality control-special teams coach, making her the first female to become a full-time coach in the NFL. While there are plenty of stories about this wonderful achievement–for both Kathryn and the NFL–a piece we found interesting was from ESPN.com which shared 5 things to know about the Bills’ newest coaching staff addition.
She was already part of the organization. “Smith was seen around the practice field this season, and while she wasn’t working hands-on with players during practices, she was a visible presence around the facility. This isn’t someone who is starting fresh with a new team, but an existing employee who is changing her role with the organization.”
She has a background in scouting and personnel. “After serving as a game-day and special events intern for the Jets in 2003, she became a college scouting intern in 2005 and later served as a full-time player personnel assistant beginning in 2007.”
She worked with the St. John’s University’s men’s basketball team. “Smith worked as a student manager for the Big East program and was recognized on that team’s Senior Day in the spring of 2007.”
She replaces Michael Hamlin, a former NFL player. “Smith will hold the same role next season that Michael Hamlin, a former NFL safety, filled for the Bills this season.”
She isn’t the first woman to make history with the Bills. “Linda Bogdan, the daughter of former Bills owner Ralph Wilson, was the NFL’s first female scout and served as a vice president and Buffalo’s assistant director of college and pro scouting. Bogdan died in 2009 from cancer after 23 years with the team.”
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