Rex Ryan is set to make history. The Buffalo Bills will reportedly hire the NFL’s first female assistant coach.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Bills have hired Kathryn Smith to serve as a special teams quality control coach, making her the first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history.
Smith has a history working with Ryan. She was his administrative assistant in 2015. From her LinkedIn profile, Smith worked for Ryan during his final year with the New York Jets and left for Buffalo with him. Previous to this assignment, she spent seven years as a player personnel assistant with the Jets. She was also an intern with the organization.
Smith still lists her job as administrative assistant to the head coach of the Bills on LinkedIn.
The team has not yet made an official announcement.
The Arizona Cardinals hired Jenn Welter to serve as a training-camp assistant coach, working with inside linebackers. However, Welter’s job ended with training camp.
Ryan has also hired his brother, Rob Ryan. It seems that this year, Rex is bringing in people he trusts to help with team management.