Redskins to hire Jennifer King as assistant coach
Ron Rivera continues to add familiar faces to his coaching staff with the Washington Redskins and his latest one will be remembered in history. On Saturday, Washington chose to hire Jennifer King as an assistant coach.
King becomes the sixth female to become an assistant coach in the NFL in the history of the league. The other active female assistants include Katie Sowers of the San Francisco 49ers, as well as Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Besides being one of the first female assistants, King becomes the first African-American woman to be given a full-time coaching job in the NFL. Prior to joining the Redskins, King has previous experience with Rivera when both were with the Carolina Panthers.
During her time in Carolina, King served as an intern to Rivera. After her tenure with the Panthers, King had a short stint in the Alliance of American Football league.
Of course, King spent time as a coach in the Alliance of American Football before the league collapsed. Additionally, King played football for several seasons in the Women’s Football Alliance.
Given her experience, King could evolve into having a prominent role with the Redskins. However, it is still unknown what title King will hold following her hiring in Washington.
As more coaches like King are hired, it opens doors for other women to receive assistant jobs in the NFL. The Redskins decision to hire King as an assistant coach is bigger than football. Hopefully, more teams in the league begin to be more inclusive in the hiring process.