Chicago Bears hire Black woman as first female coach in team history

The first female coach in Chicago Bears history is a Black woman.

On Tuesday (Feb. 20), the Bears hired 39-year-old Jennifer King as an offensive assistant who will work with the running backs. 

King comes to the Bears from the Washington Commanders, where she was the assistant running backs coach for the past three seasons.  

King made history in Jan. 2021 when Washington promoted her to assistant coach role. Her appointment made her the first Black woman to become a full-time coach in the N.F.L.

At the time of her hire, former Washington head coach Ron Rivera praised her, saying that King “earned this opportunity with hard work” and that “The sky truly is the limit for her.”

Her career in the NFL began when she interned with the Carolina Panthers, first as a wide receivers coach then a running backs coach in 2018 and 2019. 

She interned with the Carolina Panthers before the Commanders in two different stints. She interned as a wide receivers coach, and then a running backs coach in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

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