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