Washington's Jennifer King To Become First Black Female Full-Time NFL Coach

By Jason Hall

January 22, 2021

The Washington Football Team's Jennifer King will continue to make NFL history.

NFL Network reports King, who spent last season working with the Washington as a full-time intern, is expected to be promoted to a full-time offensive assistant, which would make her the first Black woman to serve as a full-time NFL coach.

King assisted running backs coach Randy Jordan in 2020, whose corps saw strong production from third-down back J.D. McKissic, recording a career-best 80 receptions for 589 yards, as well as 365 yards on 85 rushing attempts. Rookie Antonio Gibson also flourished in 2020, recording 795 yards and 11 touchdowns, transitioning to more of a running back role after playing mostly wide receiver in college.

King also worked as an intern under Washington head coach Ron Rivera during his final two seasons with the Carolina Panthers in 2018 and 2019, as well as with the Arizona Hotshots as an assistant receivers coach in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football league.

King had also previously worked as an offensive assistant at Dartmouth College in 2019 before reuniting with Rivera prior to his first season in Washington. ESPN reports King was also regular participant in the NFL's coaching clinics from 2015-18 and was present at the league's Women's Career in Football Forum in 2018.

Prior to coaching, King played professional women's football from 2006-19 as a member of the Carolina Phoenix (11 seasons), New York Sharks and D.C. Divas.

King's coaching experience also extends beyond football, having previously served as the head coach of the Johnson & Wales University Charlotte women's basketball team from 2016-18, which included winning a USCAA Division II national championship, as well as working as an assistant for the Greensboro College women's basketball team from 2006-16.

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