Rex Ryan brings first full-time female assistant coach to NFL

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The Buffalo Bills are helping pave the way for female coaches in football.

Kathryn Smith will serve as a special teams quality control coach, the team announced Wednesday. In her new role, Smith will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith.

Smith spent last season working as an administrative assistant for Bills assistant coaches on Ryan's staff. She spent the previous 12 seasons working for the New York Jets in various capacities, including a player personnel assistant from 2007-13. In 2014, Smith served as the Jets assistant to the head coach in Ryan's final season in New York.

Last season, the Arizona Cardinals hired Jenn Welter as a training camp assistant coach working with inside linebackers.

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