Jennifer King Hired as First Female African American Coach in NFL

An exciting development for Black History Month and the NFL.

Credit: Charlotte Observer

Nine days into Black History Month, and we are off to a roaring start.

The Washington Redskins have reportedly hired Jennifer King, formerly a coaching intern with the Carolina Panthers, to join Coach Ron Rivera’s staff as a full time coaching assistant. There have been six female coaches in NFL history, and King is the first African American woman to secure a position.

Though it is unclear at this point what position she will be coaching, she did spend a considerable amount of time interning with the wide receiver group on the Panthers in 2018.  King’s resume also includes stints coaching in the American Alliance of Football (AAF), and a number of college football teams in North Carolina, and also played for several seasons in the Women’s football alliance.