Jennifer Bubel

Female coaches

BREAKING  the glass ceiling

In 2012, there was not a single female coach within the NFL, NBA, MLB, or NHL. In 10 years, some strides have been made.

As recently as 2016 though, 57% of women’s teams were coached by men, while only 3% of men’s teams were coached by women.

Meet some of the trailblazing women who have found their place as coaches despite the societal barriers and prejudices.

Becky Hammon became the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA in 2014, working alongside Gregg Poppovich for the San Antonio Spurs.

Becky Hammon

NBA - San Antonio Spurs

 Welter became the first female NFL coach in 2015, as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and preseason with the Arizona Cardinals.

Jennifer Welter

NFL - Arizona Cardinals

Jennifer King became the first black female assistant coach in the NFL in 2021 after being promoted from intern with the Washington Commanders.

Jennifer King

NFL - Washington Commanders

Sowers made double history as the first female to ever coach a Super Bowl (as  offensive assistant coach) and the first ever openly gay NFL coach.

Katie Sowers

NFL - San Francisco 49ers

Dawn Braid became the first full-time female coach in the NHL in 2016, as a skating coach for the Arizona Coyotes.

Dawn Braid

NHL - Arizona Coyotes

Kim Wyant is the first woman to lead a men's soccer team to a NCAA tournament and one of very few female coaches in NCAA men's teams.

Kim Wyant

NCAA - NYU Men's Soccer

Emily Zaler, the Denver Broncos' strength and conditioning coach, became the first female coach in Broncos' history in 2020.

Emily Zaler

NFL - Denver Broncos




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