Jason Behnken / Associated Press
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made history before the NFL season even started in 2019.
Tampa Bay has announced that Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar have been hired full time for coaching – the first female full time coaches in franchise history.
Locust previously served as a defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance or American Football. Javadifar last worked as a physical therapist at Avant Physical Therapy in Seattle.
The Bucs are the first team in NFL history with two women in the coaching staff.
Locust & # 39; s title is assistant defensive line trainer and Javadifar will serve as assistant power and conditioner coach.
"I know how difficult it can be to get that first chance to coach at the highest level of professional football," said Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, on the team's website. "Sometimes all you need is the right organization to offer the opportunity … I know that Maral and Lori are great additions to my technical staff."
Arians added that the Glazer family, the franchise owners and general manager Jason Licht were "extremely positive" in his decision to hire Locust and Javadifar. Arians has known Locust since he coached at Temple University, where Locust went to school.
"I have seen firsthand how knowledgeable and passionate [Locust] is about this game, "Arians said.
Locust will serve as assistant to defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers, who also joined the team in 2019. Rodgers followed new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles of the New York Jets.
In general, the Buccaneers have almost completely rebuilt their coaching team, including hiring Arians, who retired earlier in 2017 after coaching in various capacities since 2001. Locust and Javadifar will be part of a new regime in charge from a franchise that the playoffs have not made since 2007.