BREAKING NEWS – History Made In The NFL

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“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff. 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.”

– Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan

On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills announced that Kathryn Smith has been named the team’s quality control-special teams coach. This promotion makes Smith the first female to be named to a full-time coaching position in the entire history of the National Football League.

Smith, who will enter her 14th year in the NFL next season, originally began her career in 2003 as a New York Jets gameday/special events intern. She became a college scouting intern in 2005, was promoted to player personnel assistant in 2007 and was named administrative assistant to the head coach in 2014. After working for the Jets for 12 seasons, she now joins the Bills coaching ranks via the Quality Control-Special Teams.

NOTE: The Bills’ franchise is no stranger to breaking gender barriers. In 1986, Linda Bogdan became the NFL’s first female scout when she joined Buffalo’s personnel department.

Subria A. Whitaker is currently a Master of Arts in Sports Administration Candidate at Northwestern University. She recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with honors, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Distinction in Communication. Subria became a TrueStar in 2010, and is a graduate of Morgan Park High School.

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