The Buffalo Bills announced that Kathryn Smith ’03 was named the team’s quality control-special teams coach. Smith is the first female to be named to a full-time coaching position in NFL history.
“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” said Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan. “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams.
“I would like to thank Rex Ryan, Kim and Terry Pegula and the Buffalo Bills franchise for this opportunity,” Smith said. “I am excited to continue to work with our special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, special teams assistant Eric Smith and our entire coaching staff and players as we prepare for the 2016 NFL season.”
Smith, who will enter her 14th year in the NFL next season, joins the Bills coaching ranks after spending 2015 as the team’s administrative assistant to the head coach.
Prior to joining the Bills in 2015, Smith spent 12 seasons working for the New York Jets. Smith originally began her career in 2003 as a Jets game day/special events intern. She became a college scouting intern in 2005, before being promoted to player personnel assistant in 2007. She was named assistant to the head coach in 2014.
Smith was a three-sport athlete at CBA, participating in swimming, bowling and lacrosse. She was a member of the National Honor Society, yearbook, Math team, Spanish Club, Lasallian Club, FBLA and Ski Club. Smith got her start in football during high school, as she assisted her dad, Robert with stats for the varsity team.
After she graduated from CBA, she attended St. John’s University in Queens, where she became the manager of the men’s basketball team for four years, while studying sports management.
Smith joins another CBA grad and AFC opponent in the NFL. Frank Giufre ’95 is the offensive line coach with the Indianapolis Colts.
“The amount of attention generated from this announcement in the past 24 hours has been extraordinary, however, my focus remains on my job responsibilities and helping the team win,” Smith shared.
“I would like to thank my family and friends for all their support. It’s a tremendous honor to become the first full-time female assistant coach in the National Football League and I appreciate Rex Ryan giving me this opportunity based on the merit of my work and commitment to this organization.”
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