Kathryn Smith Is Now The NFL’s First Ever Female Full-Time Coach

On Wednesday the Buffalo Bills, the National Football League, and mostly importantly, Kathryn Smith, achieved something amazing when she was hired as the first female full-time assistant coach in the history of of the NFL. Hey Beyonce, can we get a “Who run the world?!”

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Smith signed on as the new special teams quality control coach for the Bills, a role that entails working closely with the head coach to analyze video of previous plays, in order to prepare the team for future games. Far from a rookie, she came up under the Bills head coach Rex Ryan, cutting her teeth as his administrative assistant the past two seasons, as well as working in the personnel department for the New York Jets.

“She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities,” Ryan said in an official statement from the Bills’ twitter account. “I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams.”

This is one small step for deserving women and once giant leap for the NFL, an institution in great need of positive change. If they can keep following the Bills’ lead they’ll be ultimately better off, because that’s a team that seems to get it.