Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make History Hiring Two Female Assistant Coaches

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team in NFL history to hire two female assistant coaches. Do you think women can coach the NFL?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are paving the way for gender equality in the NFL.

According to ESPN, the Buccaneers made history when they hired two full-time female assistant coaches, Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar.

Head coach of the Buccaneers, Bruce Arians, told ESPN, “It’s time, and I’ll be happy when it’s not news anymore. … That’s where it should be heading,” and even, “They’re what we need. The fact that their gender’s different, who gives a s—?” Arians was “responsible for hiring the NFL’s first female training camp intern, Dr. Jen Welter, with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015,” according to ESPN.

And that’s not the end of it. Arians continues with passionate defense for women in the NFL to ESPN keeping it real and blunt: “My best teachers I’ve ever had — most of them were female. Football [coaches], we’re glorified school teachers. You can know all the football in the world but you can’t teach it. So why not take a great teacher of any gender and let ’em help your players? I don’t see it as an issue and I’m looking forward to the day when it’s not news.”

General manager for the Buccaneers, Jason Licht, informed ESPN that Arians had discussed with him bringing on Locust and Javadifar the day that the women were hired. Licht was totally on board with the ladies joining the staff as he’d told Arians, “Absolutely.”

Licht tells ESPN his side, “He said, ‘I really want to hire some female coaches. It’s something I’ve really been wanting to do. It’s all about opportunity and there are some great females out there that can coach,’” he said.

ESPN reveals the backstory behind finding just the right gals for the job. “Arians has known Locust since his days serving as the head coach at Temple, and she has worked with cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross to put on football camps in Camden, New Jersey. The Buccaneers conducted a search to find Javadifar.”

 Read the full story on ESPN.


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the first team in NFL history to hire two female assistant coaches. Do you think women can coach the NFL?

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49% Heck yeah!
51% Not a chance
Males
43% Heck yeah!
57% Not a chance
Females
64% Heck yeah!
36% Not a chance

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