Vikings promote female scouting assistant to bigger role

Kelly Kleine made a fast impression on the Vikings with her scouting ability, and they’re rewarding her for it.

According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the Vikings promoted Kleine from college scouting assistant to college scouting coordinator, a sign of the respect she’s gained within the organization.

She does about 1,000 different things to say the least,” General Manager Rick Spielman said. “She basically has her hands in all day-to-day operations on the personnel side.”

Kleine’s one of 14 women who work in football operations for NFL teams, and has made a quick rise through the operation. A former public relations intern, she moved to a position in scouting prior to the 2013 draft. And though she has no background playing or coaching football, she has impressed her bosses.

She works with the personnel department and coaching staff, evaluating prospects, scouting at pro days, as well as coordinating the team’s trip to the Scouting Combine and travel for incoming prospects for visits.

“The biggest thing when you’re trying to bring anyone up through an organization is to educate and train them,” Spielman said. “One thing we always try to identify are self-starters who have the work ethic and attention to detail where you can trust them to carry out whatever assignment is given them.

“In our eyes, it’s not about being a man or woman or what religion or race you are. It’s who is the most qualified regardless.”

Spielman said that as Kleine was coming up through the organization, there were male interns who had played, “and she was twice as good.”

The Vikings have created many opportunites for women in a male-dominated business. This year, the team promoted three women to vice president-level positions on the business side, not counting director of football administration Anne Doepner, who handles contract negotiations.

Photo credit: Vikings.com

44 responses to “Vikings promote female scouting assistant to bigger role

  1. I wonder if we will ever get to the point where we hire or promote the best person, no matter their sex or race, and it’s not news. When I see articles like this, while I am happy for her and the Vikings, it reminds me that we have a long way to go before fairness and equality is a given and no longer remarkable. I believe we are headed that way

  2. Good for them and her. Football is clearly a sport designed to be played primarily by men; it is just the nature of the sport and human biology.

    With that said; there are definitely jobs in the NFL that have nothing to do with gender and it is ridiculously unlikely that EVERY one of those positions has a male as the most qualified candidate.

    Glad to see deserving people get rewarded for hard work. Looking forward to see if women ever break into playing because surely there are some that can.

  3. It’s a tough business, more so for a woman — as many comments above amply show. Waytogo Ms. Kleine!

  4. Packer fans are wiping their eyes, and muttering to themselves, “That’s what a woman looks like?!?”…

  5. Well, the Vikes and others are FINALLY going down the trail that Al
    Davis blazed for them when he hired Amy Trask, the first female CEO in the NFL.

  6. This should keep the feminists who rallied at the million woman march happy for at least an hour give or take.

  7. Is scouting coordinator the position where they remind the men of their appointments, AKA Secretary?

    It’s a football forum, lighten up.

  8. truthbetold109 says:
    Jun 9, 2017 10:24 AM
    Couldn’t do worse than the scouts who thought Treadwell was a fast receiver in college.

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    He was fast enough in college. He ran a time 4.40 40yd between his senior HS year and freshman college year. He ran a 4.65 during his pro day, the year after breaking either his tibia or fibula and dislocating his ankle. They knew exactly how fast he was running and knew how fast he can run, if he heals completely.

  9. “In our eyes, it’s not about being a man or woman or what religion or race you are. It’s who is the most qualified regardless.”

    Amen.

    MAGA.

    MAGA – “Morons Are Governing America”

  10. “In our eyes, it’s not about being a man or woman or what religion or race you are. It’s who is the most qualified regardless. So I interviewed all the candidates and picked the hottest one.”

  11. All the men in MN are raised by their Grandmas so its not surprising that after 56 seasons of failure the Grandmas are slapping the hands of the naughty little boys and taking their toy away from them.

  12. dawoger says:
    Jun 9, 2017 3:39 PM
    All the men in MN are raised by their Grandmas so its not surprising that after 56 seasons of failure the Grandmas are slapping the hands of the naughty little boys and taking their toy away from them.
    **

    What?

  13. It’s nice to see this in pro sports. My only complaint is that Greg Jennings sister was the most qualified for the job.

  14. That is a step in the right direction. Once Florio has gotten Kapernick a job then the circle will be complete.

    She is probably the future. I spent two days in Minneapolis this week and I have a feeling she is more masculine than most dudes in Minneapolis.

  15. @dawanger

    I’m not really sure where you are going with this…. is raised by grandparents supposed to be some kind of insult or piece of shame? Not sure that Jack Nicholson or AL Pacino would agree…… Or is it that you are jealous because you wanted to live with Grammy and she didn’t want you?

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 9, 2017 9:49 AM
    In Green Bay the highest ranking female is head pastry chef.
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    It’s the little things. It all adds up. There more than one reason the Packers have beaten the Vikings 12 out of the last 15 times they played each other.

  17. Before the draft this year Fox Sports rated the Vikings the best in the NFL draft since 2012. Or the time Rick Spielman took over the draft.KC was rated second. But to listen to the trolls in the TC media and packer fans. He is the worst. Not close to the worst. every GM has misses. So they point them out like others have none.Fail.

  18. fmc651 says:
    Jun 10, 2017 8:35 AM
    Before the draft this year Fox Sports rated the Vikings the best in the NFL draft since 2012. Or the time Rick Spielman took over the draft.KC was rated second. But to listen to the trolls in the TC media and packer fans. He is the worst. Not close to the worst. every GM has misses. So they point them out like others have none.Fail.
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    Fair enough. So I guess the reason for their inability to win must be coaching?

  19. Being a GM and scouting isn’t just about the draft- it’s also about finding free agents (or trade partners) and the right type of talent and character that fits your squad, identifying coaching and staff talent and creating a winning organization.

    Spielman spent more money on an O-Line than anyone else last year. They had 4 O-line players start 14 games or more. They had 8 different starters last year; the Patriots had the same in 2015, and made it to the AFC Championship, even when they had to plug in a 4th stringer to start at LT when he had never played the position in his life. Neither of these teams are special in this manner- happens all of the time in the NFL, with O-line injuries and shifting offensive lineman around. Maybe Spielman drafts well, but at this point, he’s hardly a successful GM, with 2 losing playoff appearances and a team that fell from 11-5 to 8-8 last year.

  20. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jun 9, 2017 9:52 AM

    I applaud the Vikings for this move. The team plays like they’re wearing a skirt, so this is the next logical step.

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    As zingers go, this is one of the better ones. The saddest part is the truth in it. At least, last year. Lots of new players, will there be a different outcome?

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