Jennifer King (Courtesy of the Washington Redskins)
Jennifer King (Courtesy of the Washington Redskins)

The Washington Redskins has hired Jennifer King to a full-year coaching internship, making her the first full-time African American female coach in NFL history.

King will work with offensive staff, the training camp and assist running backs coach Randy Jordan.

“Jennifer is a bright young coach and will be a great addition to our staff,” said Redskins head coach Ron Rivera. “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to the Redskins.”

King was most recently an offensive assistant with Dartmouth College. She primarily worked with the wide receivers and created defensive scouting reports and secondary specific scouting reports for the wide receivers. Dartmouth finished the 2019 season 9-1 and captured the Ivy League championship. The team averaged 33.3 points per game and averaged 382.4 yards per game.

King interned for the Carolina Panthers during the offseason in 2018 and 2019 under Rivera, then the Panthers head coach. In 2018, she was an intern wide receivers’ coach and assisted Lance Taylor with on-field development drills and in position meetings.

She assisted with the creation of scouting scheme cards for the opposing defense and charted practice and in-game player participation and defensive schemes.

Last year, King returned to the Panthers as an intern running backs coach and worked with the running backs in organized team activities, mandatory mini-camp and training camp.

King has participated in NFL coaching clinics from 2015-18 and also took part in the NFL Women’s Career in Football Forum in January 2018.

King also has experience as a player. She was a seven-time All-American quarterback and wide receiver for the Carolina Phoenix women’s tackle football team from 2006-17. In 2018 she played wide receiver and defensive back for the New York Sharks women’s tackle football team and captured the 2018 WFA national championship.

Most recently, she played wide receiver and safety for the D.C. Divas women’s tackle football team in 2019.

King holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Liberty University and a bachelor’s in sports management from Guilford College.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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