It’s about time! The Arizona Cardinals have named Dr. Jen Welter the first female coach ever in the NFL. Her official title is a training camp and preseason coaching intern, which sounds less significant than it actually is—an intern in this position isn’t running around getting Starbucks orders for higher-ups, you dig? Let’s get to know this badass a bit.
1. She was hired for her talent, not for her tokenism.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said in a statement, “The minute [coaches] can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired … Coaching is nothing more than teaching. 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.”
2. She has a slew of experience in football.
Dr. Jen Welter played rugby in college and has 14 seasons of football under her belt, mostly for the Women’s Football Alliance.
3. She’s got brains and brawn.
The “Dr.” in “Dr. Jen Welter” comes from her PhD in psychology. Welter also has a master’s in sports psychology, so she’ll be able to keep these athletes in line and focused.
4. This isn’t the first glass ceiling she’s shattered in football.
Welter was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men’s pro league: She kicked ass as a running back and special teams player on the Texas Revolution, an indoor football team.
5. She’s a winner already.
Dr. Jen Welter won gold medals in 2010 and 2013 when she slayed for Team USA at the Interational Federation of American Football Women’s World Championships.