The Arizona Cardinals have made room for the NFL’s first female coach by selecting former coach of the Indoor Football League, Jen Welter.
As an intern instructing the Cardinals inside linebacker group, Welter brings to the table professional playing and coaching careers with the Texas Revolution. Filling the role as the Revolution’s running back, Welter registered a 5-foot-2 frame and checked in at 130 pounds.
Cardinals H.C. Bruce Arians on the hiring of Jen Welter:
“Coaching is nothing more than teaching. 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.”
As a player, Welter accumulated most of her on-field time as a linebacker with the Dallas Diamonds of the Women’s Football Alliance and spent a majority of her 14-year career in Dallas.
While serving as a linebackers and special teams coach in 2014 with the Texas Revolution, Welter – then 36 years old – was accompanied by 2015 Hall of Fame inductee and former Cleveland Brown, Tim Brown.
Attending to matters off the field, Welter satisfied her educational appetite and obtained a master’s in sport psychology and a doctorate in psychology.
Sarah Thomas, NFL’s First Female Official
Although not designated a full-time employee with the zebra crew, Sarah Thomas was entered into a pool of 21 other would-be NFL referees, hoping to land some job security on an officiating crew.
Sarah Thomas’s tenure as a referee would cover the Little Caesar’s Bowl (2009), a contest in a Big Ten stadium (2011) and – here’s a taste of dedication – officiating high school football games while pregnant.
Sam Gordon, Female Youth Football Phenom
Despite a membership in Utah’s Olympic Development Program as a soccer player, Sam Gordon caught the nation’s attention in her true affinity for football.
Does Utah native and 11-year-old Sam Gordon have what it takes to keep college scouts on their toes? Probably not, since it’s a premature matter, but without further ado, here’s Gordon’s highlights from 2014:
Becky Hammon, NBA’s First Paid Female to Join a Coaching Staff
After splitting time between New York and San Antonio in the WNBA, Becky Hammon was signed on to tag team with Greg Poppovich and the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.
Now fast forwarding to 2015 and Becky Hammon and her NBA Summer League squad walked away from Las Vegas with a championship title to call their own. Serving as head coach of the Summer League Spurs, the duo went on to defeat the Phoenix Suns 93-90 in the final.
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