The Bills became the first team in NFL history to hire a full-time female assistant coach, naming Kathryn Smith to a special teams quality-control role on Wednesday.
Smith served as the administrative assistant to head coach Rex Ryan this season after having the same role in Ryan's final season with the New York Jets in 2014.
New Bills special teams quality control coach Kathryn Smith was surprised to be granted the opportunity. "I was surprised at first, but I also know Rex really puts a lot of faith in his staff and his people, so from that standpoint, it made sense, knowing I've worked with Rex directly and indirectly for a number of years," Smith told the team's official website. "So he knows my work ethic and what I've done in the past, but it was a bit surprising that he came to me with this."
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