Four years ago, when he was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians made Jen Welter the first female coach of any kind in the NFL.
Welter was hired to work with inside linebackers as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason.
Now, Arians would like to take things a step further.
Following a panel discussion at the Women’s Career in Football Forum at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, the new Bucs head coach told The Football Girl’s Melissa Jacobs that he plans to create a full-time coaching position designated for a woman, possibly as early as this season.
Currently, Katie Sowers, entering her third season with the San Francisco 49ers, is the only full-time female coach in the NFL. Sowers got her start working as an intern under 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan when the two were in Atlanta.
Asked why more women haven’t had the opportunity to turn internships into full-time work, Arians — who said he reads and responds to every job inquiry — said he doesn’t often receive resumes from female candidates.
“You have to beat doors down,” he said.