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Jen Welter      

First Female Coach in NFL History; Pro Football Player; Gold Medalist

Dr. Jen Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL. She served as an intern linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Welter’s time at the Cardinals has been defined by the bond she has fostered with the players. But this is not the first time Welter’s was the first to do something. In February 2015 she became the first woman to coach in a men’s professional football league, when she served as linebacker and special teams coach for the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution. Welter has also served as a defensive specialist for the Alliance of American Football’s Atlanta Legends, and she was head coach of Australia’s first women’s national team.

Prior to that, in January 2014 Welter became the first woman to play running back in a men's professional football season, when she signed with the Revolution. Welter previously had a 14-year career in women’s professional football, including four World Championships, two gold medals as a member of Team USA, and eight all-star selections.

Welter holds a doctorate degree in Psychology and Master’s in Sport Psychology. She has 18 years of experience in fitness, professional athlete and has provided expert advice on a wide range of topics in fitness and sports. Her background provides her with a unique insight—both as a player and academic—into the power of sport. Ultimately, Welter is a team player. Devoted to those she plays with and coaches. Those who played for her years ago still call her Coach to this day. Welter has spoken to a variety of audiences about her experiences, the power of sport and the mental acuity it takes to achieve what other may say is impossible.


Arizona Cardinals Make Jen Welter NFL's First Female Coach

The Arizona Cardinals scheduled a news conference for today where the team was expected to introduce Jen Welter, who has been hired as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers.

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