Thursday 23 November 2017

Jen Welter appointed first female coach in America's NFL

Jen Welter
Jen Welter
Jen Welter

Claire Cohen in Los Angeles

Former American NFL female footballer Jen Welter has just made history.

The 37-year-old has been hired by the Arizona Cardinals and is thought to be the first ever female coach in America's National Football League (NFL).

Welter is herself a former professional player, who spent 14 pro seasons with the Dallas Diamonds, part of the Women's Football Alliance, helping them to win four titles.

Welter's year has been full of firsts. Last season, she became the first woman to coach in a men's professional league, when she was hired by Texas Revolution, part of the Indoor Football League.

In February this year she was also the first woman to play in a non-kicking position in a men's professional league, for Revolution.

Welter has now followed that up with her new new post, being appointed as a linebacker coach by Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians - who is viewed as the first male coach to break the NFL's gender barrier.

Many fans claim that his coaching success later in life means he's more open to helping-up others behind him.

"Coaching is nothing more than teaching," Arians explained on the team's website. "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."

"I'm honoured to be a part of this amazing team," Welter added.

Welter has spent the hours since her appointment was announced retweeting messages of congratulations on Twitter. She has received hundreds of messages of support. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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