The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs late Sunday marked the first time two female coaches have been part of a winning Super Bowl team.
Tampa Bay is the only NFL team with two women as full-time assistant coaches: assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust and assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar, CNN reported.
Additionally, all three of its coordinators, Todd Bowles, Byron Leftwich and Keith Armstrong, are Black, as is assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin. At 68, Bruce Arians is also the oldest head coach ever to win a Super Bowl.
In 2015, when he was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Arians hired Jen Welter as a coaching intern, making her the first woman to hold any coaching job in the NFL, CNN noted.
Locust, who played women’s semi-professional football for four years in addition to her coaching experience, told tennis legend Billie Jean King in 2020 that “the guys appreciate [my] being able to talk in a manner of ‘I’ve been there.'”
Arians, meanwhile, told King that Locust and Javadifar bring “a wealth of knowledge and a different voice in how it’s given.”
Down judge Sarah Thomas was also the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl game on Sunday.