Kathryn Smith, Hired By Buffalo Bills, Becomes NFL's First Full-Time Female Coach

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have hired Kathryn Smith to be their special teams quality control coach, making her the first full-time female member of an NFL coaching staff.

The team announced the move in a release Wednesday night.

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Leodis McKelvin #21 of the Buffalo Bills revs up the crowd during the game against the New York Jets on Jan. 3, 2016. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Smith spent last season working as an administrative assistant for Bills assistant coaches on Rex Ryan's staff.

She spent the previous 12 seasons working for the New York Jets in various capacities, including a player personnel assistant from 2007-13. In 2014, Smith served as the Jets assistant to the head coach in Ryan's final season in New York.

In her new role, Smith will assist special teams co-ordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith.

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