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Reports: WFT to hire NFL’s first full-time Black woman assistant coach

The Washington Football Team reportedly are set to make a historic addition to their coaching staff.

Jennifer King will be promoted to an offensive assistant position, which would make her the NFL’s first full-time Black female coach, multiple media outlets reported Thursday night.

King was an intern under Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan during the 2020 season. The prior two years, she served as an offseason and preseason intern for the Panthers, when Ron Rivera was Carolina’s head coach. Rivera became Washington’s head coach prior to the 2020 campaign.

In early 2019, King was the wide receivers coach for the Arizona Hotshots in the short-lived Alliance of American Football, working under head coach Rick Neuheisel. The Hotshots went 5-3 before the league folded.

During the fall of 2019, King was part of the offensive coaching staff of the Dartmouth College football team, which went 9-1 and shared the Ivy League title with a 6-1 mark.

King also was the head coach of the Johnson & Wales University Charlotte women’s basketball team from 2016-18, leading the team to a USCAA Division II national championship in her second season.

She was a basketball and softball player as an undergraduate at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., from 2002-06.

–Field Level Media

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