The Arizona Cardinals have hired the first female coach in National Football League history, the team and the NFL made the announcement Monday.
Jen Welter, a former rugby player at Boston College, played 14 seasons in women’s pro football and was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men’s pro league — as a running back for the Texas Revolution of Indoor Football League.
“I want little girls everywhere to grow up knowing they can do anything, even play football,” Welter said last year on NBC’s TODAY.
With the Cardinals, Welter will work with inside linebackers as a training camp-preseason intern coach. She’s also a veteran at coaching men, moving to the Cardinals from the Revolution, for whom she was linebackers and special teams coach.