Sport Report: 49ers hire full-time female assistant coach

20:40  13 august  2017
20:40  13 august  2017 Source:   Larry Brown Sports

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Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Bills have hired Kathryn Smith to serve as a special teams quality control coach . She becomes the first full - time female assistant coach in NFL history.

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The 49ers have become the second team to hit a full-time female assistant coach.© Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports The 49ers have become the second team to hit a full-time female assistant coach.

The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly on the verge of hiring just the second full-time female assistant coach in NFL history. Katie Sowers, formerly an intern with the Atlanta Falcons during training camp and the preseason last year, will now join former Bills assistant coach Kathryn Smith as the only full-time female coach in league history.

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Sowers made the announcement on her Facebook page (h/t Niners Nation).

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20, the NFL hired their first ever full - time female assistant coach . The Bills hired Kathryn Smith as their special teams quality control coach . Smith majored in Sports Management at St. John’s University in New York City, and worked as a team manager during her time in undergrad.

“I wanted to share with my friends and family that I have accepted a season long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers,” Sowers wrote.

It’s not yet known what position Sowers will take. But it’s safe to say she will act as a quality control coach. It’s an entry-level position that will help the young woman gain valuable experience on the sideline.

After her work as a coaching intern last summer, Sowers moved on to the Falcons' scouting department as an intern for nine months. It must be noted that her work with the Falcons is what likely led to this breakthrough position. After all, current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was Atlanta’s offensive coordinator last season.

Sowers was originally brought on by the 49ers under the guise of the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship this offseason.

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But Hammon is believed to be the first full - time female assistant coach in NBA history. The hire brought further diversity to Gregg Popovich's staff, which also added European giant Ettore Messina as an assistant earlier this summer."

CLOSE. Skip in Skip. X. Embed. X. Share. Bufalo hired Kathryn Smith to be a special teams quality control coach . USA TODAY Sports. An undated handout photo provided by the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 20 shows Kathryn Smith, who has been announced as the team's new special teams quality control coach .

“Bill Walsh is one of my favorite coaches of all-time,” Sowers said earlier in August, via The Mercury News. “I have a couple of his books I carry with me.”

Her ascension to a full-time role didn’t seem too realistic when she was brought on from Atlanta. After all, Sowers joined a number of other interns under the fellowship.

Now that Smith was not retained in Buffalo following the firing of Rex Ryan, Sowers is the only full-time female assistant coach in the NFL. It’s the latest example of women in this industry attempting to break a glass ceiling that has stood since the league’s inception.

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