(CNN)The small number of female pioneers involved in key roles in men’s sports leagues grew once more Wednesday when the Buffalo Bills added Kathryn Smith to their special teams staff.
Smith is the first full-time female assistant coach in NFL history.
The past 18 months have seen significant hirings by the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball.
They include: the first (and second) female full-time assistant coach in the NBA, the first female full-time NFL official, the first female instructor employed by a Major League team, the first female assistant coaching intern in the NFL and the first female to be an assistant coach for an NFL team.[…]