Before you make an immediate judgment on the news of the Buffalo Bills hiring Kathryn Smith, the first full-time female coach in the National Football League, consider this perspective from Brad Treliving.
Who, maybe like you, is raising daughters?
Who, maybe like you, has grown up immersed in hockey?
“You always use that as your compass — OK. What would you do if it was your daughter?” said the Calgary Flames general manager about the idea of women entering the coaching realms of professional sports.
“I’d say, ‘Hell ya.’ If that’s what you want to do . . . you dig in and don’t let anyone or anything (stop you) . . . now, you’re not going to be given anything. But you go and put your mind to it and I would support you 1,000% and you should be given the opportunity IF — not because you’re a woman — your judgment makes you the best person for the job.
“I think (gender) is irrelevant.”
The discussion, predictably, turns to the NHL and the possibility of a female coach. One day.[…]