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Two NFL teams add full-time female coaches

Two new female strength and conditioning coaches have joined NFL staffs full-time.

On Saturday, the Denver Broncos made franchise history by hiring their first female coach, Emily Zaler. Zaler, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, has been with the Broncos as an intern since July. 

Zaler worked with the New York Knicks until COVID brought the NBA to a halt in March. She then applied to be a Bill Walsh Diversity Fellow where she was selected to join Denver’s Head Strength Coach Loren Landow. Her work ethic impressed both Coach Landow and Head Coach Vic Fangio. In the announcement Fangio said  “She did a really nice job here. She's knowledgeable, very passionate about strength and conditioning aspect. We're happy to have her, and we're going to keep her on for the entire season.”

Now she will work full time with Coach Landow.

On Friday, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Chelsea Romero joined the LA Rams coaching staff full-time. Romero has been a training camp assistant with the team for the last 4 years. She had previously served as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of California- Irvine.

Emily Zaler and Chelsea Romero join a small group of other women that are full time coaches in the NFL. This includes Katie Sowers (49ers), Lo Locust and Maral Javadifar (Buccaneers) and Callie Brownson (Browns).

Zaler hopes to pave the way for more female coaches, saying “...there are a handful of women who have led the way for me that have had the opportunity and shown me that it is possible. I hope to do the same for the next generation of female strength and conditioning coaches who want to work in an elite male sport”. 

If there are any women on NFL coaching staffs that I missed, please let me know on twitter @maddiebethann