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How many female coaches are in the NFL?

The NFL has set a precedent by having a record-setting number of female coaches. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the team with the most women trainers.

Update:
Los Tampa Bay Buccaneers son el equipo que cuenta con más entrenadoras puesto que Lori Locust y Maral Javadifar son parte de la organización.
Scott TaetschAFP

The 2022 NFL season will set a precedent never before achieved in terms of female inclusion among coaching positions as there are 15 female coaches, an increase of 25 percent compared to the previous campaign.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the team with the most female coaches as Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar are part of the organization. Locust is an assistant defensive lineman and Javadifar is a strength and conditioning coach.

Callie Brownson has been a part of the Cleveland Browns since 2020, when she joined as chief of staff, and will now take on the responsibility of assistant wide receivers coach.

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The NFC East has three women coaches. The Washington Commanders have Jennifer King as assistant running backs coach; the New York Giants have Angela Baker as offensive quality and control coach; and the Philadelphia Eagles hired Autumn Lockwood as an associate fitness coach.

The others are Kaelyn Buskey and Connor Jo Lewis of the Ravens, Joan Cantonese and Mickey Grace of the Falcons; Ashley Cornwell of the Titans, Isabel Diaz of the Commanders, Lisa Horton of the Browns, Sam Mullet of the Bills, and Amanda Ruller of the Seahawks.

Importance of women in the NFL

In an interview with the news agency EFE, Terése Whitehead, vice president of strategy for the NFLPA, explained the value of women in the NFL.

“Women have added so much value to the NFL by bringing a different perspective that helps us think differently, especially because of the roles they play in the league today,” Whitehead said.

The vice president also declared that women have always been part of the league, but now they have taken on a different role by occupying spaces among the coaches. In 2022 there will be three female officers: Sarah Thomas, Maria Chaka and Robin DeLorenzo.

The women who own NFL teams are Gayle Benson of the New Orleans Saints, Kim Pegula of the Bills, Virginia Halas McCaskey of the Chicago Bears, Amy Adams Strunk of the Titans, and Sheila Firestone Ford of the Detroit Lions.

Women have always participated in the sports industry, but in very different roles than the ones they are achieving now. It has been impressive to see so many women as presidents, executives, owners, coaches and officers,” said Whitehead.

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