Washington Football Team assistant running backs coach Jennifer King made history early in 2021 when she became the first African American woman to be an assistant coach in the NFL.
While it was a barrier-breaking moment for female coaching opportunities in the professional sports world and one to be celebrated, it also isn't the end of the line.
The goal for King, and others, is to continue to find new ceilings and shatter them. Just as San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon has climbed the ranks, becoming the first female to serve as an NBA head coach during a regular season game, King believes the same opportunities will come in the NFL.
“I think that’s something that can definitely happen," King said on NBC Sports Washington's Wizards Pregame Live.
Whether it comes in the form of being a coordinator or head coach, King knows that it can be achieved. However, it will take time.
When it comes to advancing in any field, experience is a major factor.
“I think it could be a few years before that happens cause it’s all about being qualified and gaining that experience," King said. "I think women now are starting now to get that experience needed.”
King herself has her eyes set on larger goals ahead. One day she hopes to be a coordinator in the league, calling shots for her team.
With a strong work ethic and a background in the sport, she's on the right path to reach that goal. In the meantime, she'll continue to attack each day with Washington as she has throughout her career as she sets out to break more barriers.
“It’s definitely something that I’m interested in becoming. I’m a firm believer in working hard in the job I’m in to get there," King said. "That’s what I’m doing every day, keep growing, keep learning and just bringing different things to the table.”
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