Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach

Kathryn Smith
FILE - A May 2015 photo shows Kathryn Smith of the Buffalo Bills NFL football team. The Bills promoted Smith to be their special teams quality control coach, making her the first full-time female member of an NFL coaching staff. The team announced the move in a release Wednesday night, Jan. 20, 2016. Smith was an administrative assistant this season for Bills assistant coaches under Rex Ryan, with whom she has worked for seven years. (AP Photo/File)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills have hired Kathryn Smith to be their special teams quality control coach, making her the first full-time female member of an NFL coaching staff.

The team announced the move in a release Wednesday night.

Smith spent last season working as an administrative assistant for Bills assistant coaches on Rex Ryan’s staff.

She spent the previous 12 seasons working for the New York Jets in various capacities, including a player personnel assistant from 2007-13. In 2014, Smith served as the Jets assistant to the head coach in Ryan’s final season in New York.

In her new role, Smith will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith.

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