The San Francisco 49ers hired Katie Sowers for the 2017 season last week, making her the team’s first female assistant coach. She’s also the second full-time female assistant coach in NFL history.
Buffalo Bills quality control coach Kathryn Smith became the league’s first female full-time assistant last year.
On Tuesday, Sowers, 31, made more history, becoming the NFL’s first openly gay coach.
She joined the Niners as part of their Bill Walsh NFL Coaching Diversity Fellowship in the spring. She had worked previously with coach Kyle Shanahan in 2016, when he was offensive coordinator in Atlanta.
Sowers will serve as an offensive assistant. She spent the past few months working with the 49ers’ wide receivers, but she also assisted in other areas. Shanahan said last week that he had offered Sowers the opportunity to stay with the team for the rest of the season.