First female NFL coach: Jen Welter will help Arizona Cardinals during camp.

Arizona Cardinals Hire First-Ever Female NFL Coach to Work at Training Camp

Arizona Cardinals Hire First-Ever Female NFL Coach to Work at Training Camp

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July 28 2015 1:02 PM

Arizona Cardinals Hire First-Ever Female NFL Coach to Work at Training Camp

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Jen Welter takes a handoff in a men's pro football game in February 2014.

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Jen Welter will become the NFL's first female coach when she joins the Arizona Cardinals as a intern working with inside linebackers during the team's training camp, the team announced Monday. From the Cardinals' official site:

During the owners meetings in March at the Arizona Biltmore, someone asked [head coach] Bruce Arians about the possibility of female coaches in the NFL. “The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” Arians said ... It was soon after that Arians heard from the coach of the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League, who told Arians the Revolution already had a female on its staff that would be worth a look. Monday, Arians brought in Jen Welter – the one-time collegiate rugby player who played 14 seasons of pro football, mostly in the Women’s Football Alliance – as a training camp/preseason intern coaching inside linebackers.
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Welter played rugby for Boston College and is already the first woman to play a position besides kicker in a men's pro football game, having carried the ball three times for the Revolution for a total of -1 yard in a February 2014 preseason game. She played linebacker and safety during her time in women's leagues.

According to Welter's LinkedIn page she has a master's degree in sports psychology and a Ph.D in psychology from a for-profit online institution called Capella University.