NFL hires first female coach

Jen Welter, 37, made history last month, July 27, when she was hired by the Arizona Cardinals – the first female coach in the National Football League.

Welter, who holds a master’s degree in sports psychology and a PhD in psychology, will be working with the Cardinals’ inside linebackers during training camp and preseason as an assistant coaching intern, drawing on her own 14 years of experience as a linebacker.

“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”

Throughout her career, Welter has broken gender barriers in football. In February 2014, she became the first female to play in a non-kicking position in a men’s professional league, and earlier this year she became the first female coach in a men’s professional football league. In 2010 and 2013, she won two gold medals when she played for Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship.

Elizabeth Cychosz 
Marketing and Communications Intern

Photo: Jen Welter poses in front of a Cardinals backdrop. (Credit: FOX Sports)

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