Washington announces hiring of Jennifer King as assistant running backs coach

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Washington made it official on Tuesday morning, announcing Jennifer King has been promoted to assistant running backs coach.

She is the first Black woman to serve as a full-time assistant coach in the NFL. King spent the 2020 season as a coaching intern for Washington.

“Coach King is well deserving of the promotion to assistant running backs coach. She came to Washington eager for the opportunity to work as a full-year coaching intern and learn from our staff,” Washington head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “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. She demonstrated all of the qualities that are needed to work full-time on my staff. She is a hard worker, a great communicator and a quality person.

“Coach King is always eager to learn and has shown tremendous growth since starting here last season. I know she will continue to be an asset to [offensive coordinator Scott] Turner, [running backs coach Randy] Jordan and the running back group, and she earned this opportunity with her hard work. The sky is truly the limit for her.”

King first worked under Rivera as an intern wide receivers coach for the Panthers in 2018, and was an intern running backs coach in 2019. She also served as an offensive assistant coach for Dartmouth College in 2019, primarily working with wide receivers.

Additionally, King was on the Arizona Hotshots coaching staff in the Alliance of American Football in 2019. She was the team’s assistant wide receivers coach and special teams assistant.

King is the second woman to become a full-time assistant coach in the NFL, following Buccaneers’ assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust.

16 responses to “Washington announces hiring of Jennifer King as assistant running backs coach

  1. Lori Locust – of COURSE she coaches the d-line. With a name like that…. that is super awesome !!!
    O-line / d-line coaches always seem to have the best names.

  2. Our kids will struggle to learn all the recent “first” that have truly changed our culture. After all, this is planet changing news that will go down history books and they must know all the “firsts”.

  3. Why! Has she ever played running back in the NFL? So again, I ask why? It’s nothing short of ridiculous…

  4. If she’s good, she’s good… If she’s not and she’s a feel good hire, then its not good. Time will tell….

  5. byHim4u says:
    January 26, 2021 at 9:54 am
    Why! Has she ever played running back in the NFL? So again, I ask why? It’s nothing short of ridiculous…

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    There has been way too many outstanding NFL coaches to name here that have never played a snap in the NFL so your comment is nothing short of ridiculous.

    Congrats to Coach King.

  6. byHim4u says:
    January 26, 2021 at 9:54 am
    Why! Has she ever played running back in the NFL? So again, I ask why? It’s nothing short of ridiculous…

    6 3 Rate This

    Bill Belichick never played in the NFL…

  7. “King is the second woman to become a full-time assistant coach in the NFL, following Buccaneers’ assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust.”
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    Um, what about:
    – Kelsey Martinez (Raiders strength coach)
    – Katie Sowers (49ers Offensive asst coach)
    – Kathryn Smith (Bills ST coach)

  8. Just wait until the league implements a rule in the near future similar to the Rooney rule that will force the owners to also interview females who want to be head coaches. Get ready because you already know it’s coming!!

  9. Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Lisa demands to join the football team.

    Lisa: “That’s right. A girl who wants to play football. How about that?”
    Flanders: “Well, thats super-duper, Lisa. We’ve already got four girls on the team.”
    Lisa: “You do?”
    Flanders: “Uh huh. But we’d love to have you on board!”

    And I forgot about Chelsea Romero on the Rams coaching staff along with the list Kelsey, Katie and Kathryn.

  10. “I’m the assistant to the Assistant Manager” Brad Johnson from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

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