The Washington football team will promote Jennifer King to a full-time offensive assistant, a source confirmed to ESPN, making her the first black woman to coach full-time in the NFL.
King spent last season as a full-time intern, working with running coach Randy Jordan. The running defenders of Washington received a strong production from back-back JD McKissic, who caught the best 80 passes in his career for 589 yards and rushed 85 times for 365. Also, rookie Antonio Gibson rushed for 795 yards and 11 touchdowns, while switched from playing mostly receiver to college.
King also worked as an intern for two years with coach Ron Rivera when he was in Carolina in 2018 and ’19. She was also the assistant coach of the receivers for “Arizona Hotshotts” from the American Football Alliance.
King was an offensive assistant at Dartmouth College in 2019, before joining Washington for the final season. She was a regular participant in NFL coaching clinics from 2015 to ’18 and attended a career at the NFL Women’s Football Forum in 2018. She also played for three professional women’s soccer teams from 2006 to ’19: Carolina Phoenix, with whom she spent 11 years, New York Sharks and DC Divas.
She was also the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte from 2016 to ’18, leading it to the USCAA Division II national championship. She was an assistant on the women’s basketball team at Greensboro College from 2006 to ’16.
She played softball and basketball for Guilford College.
News of King’s promotion was first reported by the NFL Network.