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Kathryn Smith  

First Full-Time Female Coach in NFL History

Kathryn Smith is an American football coach who is the special teams quality control coach for the Buffalo Bills. She is the first full-time female coach in NFL history.

Smith grew up in DeWitt, New York, a suburb of Syracuse, and attended the Christian Brothers Academy. At CBA she participated in lacrosse, swimming, and bowling. After graduating from CBA in 2003 she went to St. John's University in New York City. Smith majored in sport management and served as a student manager of the men's basketball team. Smith graduated from St. John's in 2007.

Smith began interning for the New York Jets while attending St. John's, becoming a game-day/special events intern in 2003 and then a college scouting intern in 2005. She became a player personnel assistant in 2007. She then became an administrative assistant in 2014 and joined the Bills as an administrative assistant in 2015. The Bills promoted her to special teams quality control coach on January 20, 2016, replacing Michael Hamlin. She was the first woman to be a full-time coach in the NFL. After the dismissal of Rex Ryan, Smith was not retained by new coach Sean McDermott heading into the 2017 season.


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The Buffalo Bills will not retain assistant coach Kathryn Smith for the upcoming season under new coach Sean McDermott, the team announced Tuesday.

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