The Washington Redskins have officially hired Jennifer King, who becomes the first full-time African American female coach in the NFL. King was an intern for the Carolina Panthers while current Redskins Head Coach Ron Rivera was running the team. Rivera has hired King to work with Redskins RB coach Randy Jordan and the 2020 RB corps.
“Jennifer is a bright young coach and will be a great addition to our staff,” said Head Coach Ron Rivera. “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to the Redskins.”
King’s hire was originally reported by the Athletic’s Rhiannon Walker, and it has been made official today.
Two sources tell @TheAthleticDC that Jennifer King will soon be joining Ron Rivera’s coaching staff. That would make her the first full-time African American female coach in the NFL. King was a coaching intern under Rivera in 2017 and a coach on the Hotshots in the AAF. #HTTR— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) February 8, 2020
King interned for the Carolina Panthers during the offseason in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, she was an intern wide receivers coach and assisted Lance Taylor with on-field development drills and in position meetings. She assisted with the creation of scouting scheme cards for the opposing defense and charted practice and in-game player participation and defensive schemes. In 2019, she returned to the Panthers in the role of intern running backs coach and worked with the running backs in organized team activities, mandatory mini camp and training camp. She worked one-on-one with rookies on playbook proficiencies and individual skill development along with analyzing drill efficiency and drill concepts. She worked extensively with Pro Bowl running back Christian McCaffrey.
Ron Rivera on new full-year coaching intern Jennifer King: “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to the Redskins.” #HTTR pic.twitter.com/bLBrW50Kdw— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) February 10, 2020
I wanted to know more about what kind of a coach @JenniferKing5 is after reporting on Ron Rivera's efforts to add her to the offensive staff. So I spoke to her Defenders WR and her former player @RocketRoss_19 about their time together in the AAF #HTTRhttps://t.co/vGjZLac1fg— Rhiannon Walker (@InstantRHIplay) February 10, 2020