Thursday, January 21, 2016

'Exciting' times for Bills as first female coach is hired

The Buffalo Bills made history this week, promoting Kathryn Smith to its coaching staff.

Coming on as the team's quality control-special teams coach, Smith becomes the league's first-ever full-time female NFL coach, though she's no stranger to the game or to Ryan.

Smith has worked for seven years under Ryan, and 13 seasons in the league (12 with the Jets). She delved into game-day and special events, college scouting, player personnel work with Gang Green, and acted as administrative assistant for Rex in his first year with in Buffalo.

"She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams," Ryan said via

"You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to Coach (Gregg) Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization."


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