Female coaching candidates had a forum to learn and connect to NFL job opportunities this week.
They also received a direct line to Bill Belichick and Mike Vrabel.
According to NFL senior director of diversity and inclusion Sam Rapoport, the two coaches and guest speakers at the NFL’s fifth annual Women’s Careers in Football Forum made themselves available to women attendees looking to develop their skills in the profession.
Coach Belichick and Coach Vrabel share their email addresses with the young coaches, asked them to follow-up with them to further develop.
This is what it’s all about. #forwardprogress pic.twitter.com/CjudGHhL5q
This season saw Buccaneers assistants Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar become the first women to coach on a Super Bowl-winning team. Six of the eight women who coach at the NFL level did so for a playoff team.
The year before that, 49ers assistant Katie Sowers made history as the Super Bowl’s first woman and openly gay coach.
More trailblazers are on their way. The forum included 40 women, 75 percent of whom were women of color. They heard from Belichick, Vrabel and five other head coaches.
Coach Vrabel breaks down how he approaches the 2:00 drill.
Coach Belichick chimed in and recommended the coaches spend time fully understanding the kicking game to master situational football. #dreamzoomroom pic.twitter.com/07XWcThlje
[email protected] Head Coach, Sean McDermott, a champion who has consistently hired women directly from the @NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum talks to female coaches about how the Bills intentionally cast a wide net when considering new coaching candidates. pic.twitter.com/NW2E8KRunw
[email protected] newly named HC, Robert Saleh asks his staff “do you work for permission or do you work with intent?” pic.twitter.com/UjWMZk7RZP
Tampa Bay @Buccaneers Head Coach, @BruceArians, tells the @NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum participants that he wants minimum 10 resumes in his inbox before the program is over. #forwardprogress pic.twitter.com/eOZMjy0Jgw
More than ever before, it’s clear that the future of football coaching is female.
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