Kathryn Smith speaks with media at Bills minicamp

Smith is the first female hired as a full time assistant coach in the NFL.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Never has so much attention been paid to a special teams quality control coach, but never before has there been a full time assistant coach in the NFL. Kathryn Smith met with the media on Wednesday afternoon, not so much as a pioneer but as a coach doing her job.

“It was amazing that it made that much of a splash, a bit overwhelming too because I was just trying to to do my job and wasn’t expecting all that,” Smith said.

In fact, she wasn’t expecting the job offer either but, after years of working for and with Rex Ryan the trust between them made this possible.

“He had to believe in me enough, with any coach, he’s not going to hire somebody that he doesn’t feel good about. He’s not going to do anything to put this team in jeopardy so if he feels that somebody can help this team out, then that’s who he goes with.”

Smith did not go into her aspersions for her job beyond this point. Hard work got her to where she is now and she hopes that work alone can serve to inspire.

“This is my job so if I can do it the best I can maybe it can open the door for somebody else.”

Smith says for now her roles are to watch film, help players during practice and prep meetings.


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