Kathryn Smith has made NFL history.
Smith was announced as the Buffalo Bills new head of quality control-special teams on Wednesday, becoming the first full-time female coach in the National Football League.
Smith, who will enter her 14th year in the NFL next season, spent 2015 as administrative assistant to the head coach at Buffalo. Before that, she spent 12 seasons working for the New York Jets, where she started as an intern in 2003.
“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” Bills head coach Rex Ryan said in a statement of Smith. “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of quality control-special teams.”
Ryan knows Smith from his time with the New York Jets, where he was head coach from 2009-2014.
Last summer the Arizona Cardinals hired a female linebackers coach during training camp while the San Antonio Spurs hired former WNBA star Becky Hammon to be an assistant coach in 2014.