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Bruce Arians plans to establish full-time coaching position for women

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 01: Intern linebacker coach Jen Welter of the Arizona Cardinals runs alongside running back Robert Hughes #39 during a team training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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While head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians hired Jen Welter to serve as an assistant coach for the team during the 2015 preseason.

Now as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arians is hoping to establish something a bit more permanent for women to get a foot in the door coaching at the professional level.

According to Melissa Jacobs of, Arians said at the NFL Scouting Combine last week that he plans to establish a full-time coaching position for a woman on his coaching staff. The timeline for such a position is not yet established but Arians indicated it could be as soon as this season.

“You have to have the right support from ownership,” Arians said at the Women’s Careers in Football Forum.

Welter now serves as an assistant coach on the Atlanta Legends coaching staff in the Alliance of American Football. Katie Sowers is about to enter her third season as a full-time coach on Kyle Shanahan’s staff with the San Francisco 49ers.