It’s been a big couple of weeks for women in sports. Within a week of San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon leading the Spurs summer league team to a championship, the Arizona Cardinals have announced the hiring of Jen Welter as their inside linebackers coach for the duration of training camp.
This won’t be Welter’s first experience in the male-dominated world of professional football. Last year she became the first female football player to play a non-kicking position when she lined up at running back for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. She also played rugby in college, then spent 14 years playing in the Women’s Football Alliance. So, yeah, she’s got a ton of experience.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians had a wonderful quote about adding Welter to his staff. He told cardinals.com, “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”
Welter’s Twitter account is full of retweets of people congratulating her on the hiring. It is a historic moment for the NFL—and for women in sports in general.