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SJU Alumna Kathryn Smith Becomes NFL’s First Full-Time Female Coach

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

St. John’s graduate Kathryn Smith ’07CPS made sports history on January 20 when the Buffalo Bills appointed her as the NFL’s first female full-time coach.

Smith was promoted to the position of assistant coach after spending the past season as an administrative assistant to Rex Ryan, Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills. Previously, she worked for the New York Jets, where she served for 12 years—six with Ryan.

“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” Coach Ryan said in a statement. “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment . . . she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control–Special Teams.”

Smith graduated from St. John’s in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. As an undergraduate, she also served as a student manager of the Red Storm men’s basketball team.

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