Jennifer King Becomes First Full-Time NFL Black Female Coach

Jennifer King is Black history.

Over the weekend, The Athletic’s Rhiannon Walker broke the news that King would be joining Ron Rivera’s coaching staff with the Redskins, making her the first full-time African American female coach in league history. King previously served as a coaching intern under Rivera with the Carolina Panthers in 2017.

“Jennifer is a bright young coach and will be a great addition to our staff,” said Rivera in the team’s release. “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to the Redskins.”

Collette Smith made history as the NFL’s first black female coach,  as she interned with the New York Jets in 2017. King becomes the fourth female to have a full-time assistant job in the league, joining Lori Locust (Tampa Bay), Maral Javadifar (Tampa Bay), and Super Bowl 54 hero Katie Sowers (San Francisco).

Carron J. Phillips, Senior Columnist with The Shadow League, hails from Saginaw, Michigan. In 2016, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. Phillips graduated with honors from Morehouse College in 2006 and received his Masters in 2011 from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.