Washington's Jennifer King becomes first full-time Black female coach in NFL history


The Washington Football Team made history on Tuesday.

Jennifer King was announced as the team’s assistant running backs coach, making her the first full-time Black female coach in NFL history and second female assistant position coach, behind Bucs assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust.

King was hired by Washington last season as a full-year intern and worked closely with running backs coach Randy Jordan.

“Coach King is well deserving of the promotion to assistant running backs coach,” head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “She came to Washington eager for the opportunity to work as a full-year coaching intern and learn from our staff. She got the chance to experience not only the in-season work that goes into being a full-time coach in this league, but also the countless hours that are spent preparing in the offseason as well.”

Prior to joining Washington, King interned as part of Rivera’s staff with the Carolina Panthers in 2018 and 19, working closely with the wide receivers coach before moving to running backs.

She also served as an assistant wide receiver coach and special teams assistant for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football in between her internships.

King’s coaching experience goes beyond football as well. From 2016-18 she was the head women’s basketball coach for Johnson & Wales University.

In addition to coaching, King also played football – becoming a seven-time All-American quarterback and wide receiver for the Carolina Phoenix women’s tackle football team from 2006-17. She also played as a wide receiver and defensive back for the New York Sharks women’s tackle football team in 2018 and a wide receiver and safety for the D.C. Divas in 2019.

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