Bruce Arians discusses recent hires of two women to his Bucs coaching staff
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made headlines by hiring two females to their coaching staff. Bruce Arians made comments that pertained to the recent hirings.
The Buccaneers hired Maral Javadifar as their assistant strength and conditioning coach and Lori Locust as an assistant defensive line coach. Tampa Bay becomes the first NFL team to hire females at full-time coaching jobs.
Arians had a phenomenal quote when he was asked about the recent hirings, via Pro Football Talk.
“My hope is that pretty soon it won’t be news,” Bruce Arians said. “That’s the goal: It’s not news anymore. It will be just quality people getting hired into positions that they can do…..I feel a responsibility to be diverse and have inclusion with everybody.”
Arians has made headlines before in bringing a female at a position on an NFL team. During his tenure with the Arizona Cardinals, when he hired Jen Selter for an internship during a team’s training camp.
The league has seen a few women be hired into coaching positions the past couple of seasons with the Buffalo Bills hiring Kathryn Smith as their special teams quality control coach when Rex Ryan was the head coach.
Ryan says Arians played a role in him deciding to hire Smith. Here’s the article explaining how Ryan decided to ultimately bring in the first full-time female coach.
Like Arians said, hopefully hiring women in coaching jobs comes to a point where it isn’t news.
People should be hired according to whether or not they are knowledgeable enough to coach—not by their sex, race, or religion.