The Arizona Cardinals made history on Monday as they announced the addition of the first female assistant coach in NFL history. The team has added Jen Welter as a preseason/training camp intern, assisting with the linebackers coaches. She previously coached for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, coaching the linebackers and special teams. Prior to that she made history when she played one game with the Revolution as a running back. She joins six other interns assisting the team in training camp.
Peter King chatted with Bruce Arians about the hiring. The article went into his thought process on it, and also discussed some of the Cardinals other initiatives. The team has created a fellowship program that gives minority coaches a 2-year job. The idea is that giving a coach a couple years gives that person time to better understand the coaching process, and better network. The Bill Walsh minority fellowship program was the first serious program in that direction, and this fellowship takes it even further.
The Cardinals addition of Welter comes two months after the San Francisco 49ers hired a female member for their training staff. She becomes the first female member of the training staff in franchise history. This also comes after the San Antonio Spurs named Becky Hammon an assistant coach this past season, and had her coach their Las Vegas Summer League team. All sorts of history being made.