Jen Welter is the first ever female coach in NFL history, working with the linebackers of the Arizona Cardinals during training camp as a preseason intern coach. Welter was a former rugby player at Boston College and she played 14 seasons in women’s pro football. Adding to the list of her accomplishments, Welter was also the first woman to take the spot as a running back for a men’s pro league — Texas Revolution of Indoor Football League. While with the Revolution, Welter was also a special teams coach. 

Head Cardinals coach, Bruce Arians, has talked about brining on a female coach before, saying in an old interview, “Coaching is nothing more than teaching.”


Cardinals’ All-Pro defensive back, Patrick Peterson, couldn’t be more excited to welcome Welter to the team.


Major-league men’s sports has a small group of women, among that group is Becky Hammon — an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. Also, the NFL hired the first female game official back in April — Sarah Thomas.