These Are the First Women Coaches to Win a Super Bowl

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The players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have won the Super Bowl on Sunday, but they aren't the only ones getting into the history books: Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar became the first female coaches to win a Super Bowl championship in league history.
Locust, a 56-year-old assistant defensive line coach, and Javadifar, a 30-year-old assistant strength and conditioning coach, are both in their second year with the Buccaneers and helped lead the team to victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in a crushing defeat, 31 to 9.

"It was time for that door to be knocked down and allow them, because they've been putting in time, and they're very, very qualified."


Before their time with Tampa Bay, Locust coached as an intern with the Ravens and acted as an assistant in the Alliance of American Football and National Arena League, as per Sports Illustrated. The publication also noted that Javadifar's background includes time playing college basketball at Pace University and a doctor of physical therapy degree from New York Medical College.
Of the duo, Buccaneers' coach Bruce Arians said last week: "If you can teach, you can coach. As far as the women, it was time. It was time for that door to be knocked down and allow them, because they've been putting in time, and they're very, very qualified. The ones we have are overly qualified."

A Movement Across Pro Sports

In terms of gender equality on the NFL stage, Locust and Javadifar's roles were not the only impactful ones on Sunday night. Sarah Thomas also made history at Super Bowl LV, becoming the first woman referee to officiate a Super Bowl in the NFL's 55-year history.
Prior to Locust and Javadifar's success, San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers paved the way as the first woman to coach in a Super Bowl in 2020. The 49ers lost to the same team, the Kansas City Chiefs, that the Bucs beat, denying Sowers — also the first openly gay coach — a win.
Outside of football, women have made great strides in the world of sports over the last year. Locust and Javadifar join the likes of Becky Hammon and Kim Ng, who in 2020 became, respectively, the first woman to serve as a head coach of an NBA team (for one game, after the San Antonio Spurs' head coach was ejected from that game) and the first female general manager (for the Miam Marlins franchise) in Major League Baseball history. If a Super Bowl win is kicking off a streak for women to succeed even further in sports in 2021, then we can't wait to see what else the year brings.

Tags: Groundbreaking Women, Gender Equality

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Rose Low

Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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