Ron Rivera, former Panthers coach, hiring first African American woman to be full-time assistant coach in NFL history


Assistant coach Jennifer King of the Arizona Hotshots talks with players during warm ups prior to the Alliance of American Football game against the San Diego Fleet at Sun Devil Stadium at Sun Devil Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)

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Jennifer King, who was once a coaching intern for the Carolina Panthers, may soon be part of a historic moment if former Panthers coach Ron Rivera hires her on, according to ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Now the head coach of the Washington Redskins, Rivera is working to hire Jennifer King as an assistant coach.

This would make King the first, full-time African American female assistant coach in NFL history.

Rivera has worked with King in the past while he coached the Carolina Panthers.

“The biggest thing I learned from Jennifer is there is a whole untapped source for coaching,” Rivera said at the 2019 Women’s Careers in Football Forum, the Charlotte Observer reports. “She’s a unique individual. She’s coach women’s college basketball and won a national championship. She’s played football. She loves the game.”

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