Bucs’ female coaches look forward to the day they are “no longer newsworthy”

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Kate Sowers became the first female coach in a Super Bowl a year ago with the 49ers. This year, Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust are coaching in the big game for the Bucs.

Javadifar (pictured) is the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach and Locust the assistant defensive line coach.

“I do look forward to the day that it’s no longer newsworthy to be a woman working in the pros, or making the Super Bowl for that matter,” Javadifar said Monday, via The Associated Press. “And, you know, I hope we get to a point where all people are afforded equal opportunities to work in professional sports because there are a lot of great qualified coaches out there.”

The Bucs also have Carly Helfand as a scouting assistant with Jackie Davidson in the front office as director of football research. The Chiefs have female assistant athletic trainers in Julie Frymyer and Tiffany Morton.

Down judge Sarah Thomas will become the first female to officiate a Super Bowl on Sunday.

Locust and Javadifar can become the first female coaches to win Super Bowl rings. That’s what they want to be remembered for — being Super Bowl champions — not for being pioneers.

“I think the nice thing about all of this right now is that that kind of title doesn’t matter,” Locust said. “M.J. and I are here to help Tampa Bay win. It wouldn’t matter if we’re second in or 273rd in. We acknowledge the fact that there hasn’t been many before us, but it’s not anything that we keep in the forefront of what we do on a daily basis.”

7 responses to “Bucs’ female coaches look forward to the day they are “no longer newsworthy”

  1. Locust request will be honored when the media stops making it a big deal. Not sure when that will be.

  2. There will always be a problem. Even if every team hired women on their staff, the story will be, why aren’t women being promoted to coordinator and head coach at the rate men are?

  3. It’s only newsworthy if you have an inferiority complex about women in football. Everyone else just thinks that if you are qualified you should get the job.

  4. They’ve made it then because I already don’t care. I believe in a true meritocracy, it’s those with an agenda and obsessed with identity politics that thinks things are newsworthy.

  5. The hiring of female coaches directly contradicts the narrative that there aren’t “enough” black coaches due to the high percentage of black players. Female coaches have never played football at the highest levels so if they are qualified to coach at the highest levels then playing isn’t relevant to coaching….which means that the high percentage of black players has no relevance at all to the racial breakdown in NFL coaching ranks.

    Instead of deleting this comment, which PFT generally does when the comment doesn’t fit within PFT’s political view, maybe PFT should take a hard look at how the NFL can’t promote the hiring of female coaches while at the same time promoting the idea that the high percentage of black players means that there should be a high percentage of black coaches.

    As an added bonus, you’ll note that precisely no one cares about the race of the female coaches. Why is that and how does it fit within the discussion of the racial breakdown of the NFL coaching ranks? Is a franchise “extra special” if it hires a black female coach? Would losing that coach (assuming she was a coordinator) bring that team a pair of 2nd round picks instead of 3rd round picks?

    This is a serious rabbit hole that the NFL has plunged into, no doubt with the same weighty consideration the league has given other important issues. (Eyeroll…)

  6. Absolutely agreed. If we stop reporting on publicity stunts like the vandy kicker itd be a start.

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