San Francisco 49ers to retain female coaching intern

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 16, 2017

Katie Sowers spent the summer as the first female coaching intern in San Francisco 49ers' history.

There are more than 50 women who work in football operations with NFL teams, the Mercury News notes, but previous year Kathryn Smith became the league's first female assistant when the Bills hired her as special teams quality control coach. However, as the Bills did not retain Smith through their coaching change, Sowers has a chance to be the longest serving female assistant coach in history should the 49ers decide to keep her around past the 2017 season. "As a female, the more someone can ask me what I do and I say 'I coach football, ' the less shock on their faces will mean the better direction we're moving".

According to Inman, Sowers worked with the 49ers' wide receivers, and it's unclear whether she'll remain in that role now that her position is full-time.

"I wanted to share with my friends and family that I have accepted a season long coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers", Sowers wrote.
"But that's working it's way out". Everybody realizes, 'She's a coach. She's not a woman sitting here. Sowers interned last summer with the Falcons under Shanahan, who was then offensive coordinator in Atlanta. "She helped us there and asked if she could do the same thing here". "She helps out. She's good in the room. She does a good job for us". Their father, Floyd, coached Bethel College's women's basketball team.

The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly on the verge of hiring just the second full-time female assistant coach in National Football League history. In other words, this was a coaching move more than any marketing or public relations effort.

"She just hit me up a few months ago and said her internship was up over there and asked if we would want to have her here", Shanahan said, per the The Sacramento Bee. "I don't know if anyone (in 49ers heirarchy) knew until they saw it" on the press release announcing interns.

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