Black female coach Jennifer King makes NFL history

The Washington Football Team made history when they announced that the ballclub had made it official in hiring the league’s first Black female position coach. With a nod to Black History Month, the Washington Football Club made Jennifer King the second woman named as an assistant coach in NFL history.

King also becomes the second female assistant position coach in the NFL behind Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King will help run the running backs position for the team.

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“Coach King is well deserving of the promotion to assistant running backs coach. She came to Washington eager for the opportunity to work as a full-year coaching intern and learn from our staff,” said head coach Ron Rivera. “She got the chance to experience not only the in-season work that goes into being a full-time coach in this league but also the countless hours that are spent preparing in the offseason as well. She demonstrated all of the qualities that are needed to work full-time on my staff. She is a hard worker, a great communicator and a quality person. Coach King is always eager to learn and has shown tremendous growth since starting here last season. I know she will continue to be an asset to Coach Turner, Coach Jordan and the running back group, and she earned this opportunity with her hard work. The sky is truly the limit for her.”

In 2020, King was hired as a full-year coaching intern with Washington. In her role, she worked with the offensive staff throughout the course of the offseason, training camp and regular season and specifically assisted running backs coach Randy Jordan. During the 2020 season, King assisted Jordan with a running back group that compiled 423 attempts for 1697 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

King worked closely with running back J.D. McKissic in developing his skills in the passing game. McKissic finished the regular season with 80 receptions, which is second-most in a season for a Washington running back in franchise history.

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King interned for the Carolina Panthers during the offseason in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, she was an intern wide receivers coach and assisted Lance Taylor with on-field development drills and in position meetings. She assisted with the creation of scouting scheme cards for the opposing defense and charted practice and in-game player participation and defensive schemes.

In 2019, she returned to the Panthers in the role of intern running backs coach and worked with the running backs in organized team activities, mandatory minicamp and training camp. Before interning with the Panthers for two seasons, King participated in the NFL coaching clinics from 2015 to 2018. She was also an assistant coach at Dartmouth College where she worked with wide receivers.

“I am very pleased to have Coach King back to assist me full-time in the running backs room,” Jordan said. “She was extremely helpful last year in seeing the game from a different perspective, and she was a tremendous communicator in our room. I look forward to continuing to collaborate as we move forward in our program and as she moves forward in her coaching career.”

The featured image of Washington Football Team assistant coach Jennifer King (right) appears courtesy of the Washington Football Team 

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