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Jennifer King becomes NFL's first Black female assistant coach

Achieving Woman - By Audrey Masitsa | January 27th 2021 at 11:13:46 GMT +0300
Jennifer King is the new assistant running backs coach for the Washington Football Team (Photo: Instagram/@jennifer.king5)

In a historic move, the Washington Football Team promoted Jennifer King to the position of assistant running backs coach. This makes King the first Black woman in the NFL to hold that position.

She takes up the new job after spending the 2020 season as a coaching intern under Washington head coach Ron Rivera and working with Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan.

King isn’t the first woman to hold an assistant coach position. Lori Locust served as Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach.

King with Lori Locust (Photo: Instagram/@jennifer.king5)

“She is a hard worker, a great communicator and a quality person,” said Rivera in a statement. “Coach King is always eager to learn and has shown tremendous growth since starting here last season.”

He went on to point out that it was her hard work that earned her the position of assistant coach.

“She demonstrated all of the qualities that are needed to work full-time on my staff. The sky is truly the limit for her.”

She spent the 2020 season as a coaching intern under Washington head coach Ron Rivera (Photo: Instagram/@jennifer.king5)

Prior to her stint as coach, King played for the women’s tackle football team from 2006 to 2017. She was a seven-time All-American quarterback and wide receiver for the Carolina Phoenix women’s team.

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In 2018, she was named USCAA Division II National Coach of the Year when, as head coach, the Johnson & Wales University Charlotte team won the National Championship.

“I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room,” said Jordan. “She was extremely helpful last year in seeing the game from a different perspective, and she was a tremendous communicator in our room.”

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