Jen Welter to Coach in NFL
2015 has been a great year for women in sports.
Serena Williams once again proved that she is one of the most dominant athletes in the world, the USWNT won the 2015 World Cup, and Becky Hammon took the NBA Summer League by storm.
Jen Welter, it's your turn to join the club.
Welter, age 37, will join the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern during training camp and preseason, becoming the first Female Coach of any sort in the NFL.
"Someone asked me yesterday, 'When are we going to have female coaches?'” Arians said. "The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they'll be hired." via ESPN.com
For me, this is very intriguing. Not only will Welter be coaching men, she will be coaching linebackers. The linebacker position is one of the most manliest positions on the football field and a woman will be teaching these testosterone-filled warriors.
I know the sexists in the world are having hissy-fits.
Welter is no stranger to the football field. She played 14 years in different Women's Professional Football Leagues, also being apart of Team USA in the International Federation of American Football Women's World Championship, winning gold in 2010 and 2013.
Earlier this year, Welter was hired as an assistant coach for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. She also played running back for the Revolution, becoming the first woman to coach and play in a men's professional football league. S
Similar to Hammon, Welter has shown that she knows and understands the fundamentals of the game, Hammon is lucky enough to be apart of a sport that is more unisex. Coaching is all about teaching and making players better but on the professional level, you must also know how to handle egos. Welter has her Bachelors in Psychology from Boston College, so teaching and handling ego shouldn't be an issue.
What I am curious to see is what techniques she will teach the players. How will she teach a 250lb linebacker how to hit a gap? How will she motivate men?
I have faith she can do it because she has already been apart of football for a long period of time. Cardinals Head Coach, Bruce Arians, wouldn't hire someone unless they could help his team win games. Will this lead to more women in the NFL? Possibly. Prior to Welter being hired, Sarah Thomas was hired to be the first female full-time referee early this year.
The NFL is always looking for ways to incorporate women into the gladiator sport of football. Being one of the first leagues to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation with pink inspired uniforms for the entire month of October, it's no surprise to see the NFL make yet another stride to show love the ladies some love.