New York Jets open camp with first fe­male coach in team his­tory

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Col­lette Smith made some coach­ing his­tory with the New York Jets.

The first fe­male coach in fran­chise his­tory made her de­but as a de­fen­sive as­sis­tant Sat­ur­day dur­ing the team's open­ing prac­tice of train­ing camp.

The 44-year-old Smith is serv­ing as a coach­ing in­tern on Todd Bowles' coach­ing staff through the sum­mer. She will work as an as­sis­tant un­der de­fen­sive backs coach Den­nard Wil­son.

Smith is the third woman to coach in the NFL, join­ing Kathryn Smith, who was a qual­ity con­trol coach in Buf­falo last year, and Jen Wal­ter, who was a coach­ing in­tern for Ari­zona dur­ing train­ing camp in 2015.

Bowles said Sat­ur­day that he met Smith over a year ago when she at­tended a few Jets prac­tices.

"Just talk­ing to her over the course of time, her foot­ball knowl­edge is out­stand­ing," Bowles said. "It's all male in­terns so far, and I thought it would be a good idea to bring in a fe­male in­tern. And that's strictly off her skillset, not be­cause she's fe­male or any­thing else. She's a good foot­ball coach."

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