4E Sports Staff
Buffalo, NY, United States (NewsBahn) – The Buffalo Bills made history in hiring the NFL’s first female full-time coach in Kathryn Smith, the team announced Wednesday.
Smith, who worked for the Jets the previous 12 years, will serve as special teams quality control coach. She came over to the Bills to serve as administrative assistant when Ryan was hired by Buffalo after being the Jets head coach.
Ryan said she’s ideal for the position regardless of her gender.
“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” Ryan said in a statement. “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 he’s glad to be a part of the strides women are making in pro sports.
“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,” Ryan said, referencing Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon , the NBA’s first full-time female coach, “and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization.”