By Matt Noonan
Jennifer King, who was the quality control coach with the Dartmouth College football team last season, was named a full-time coaching intern today with the Washington Redskins.
Monday’s exciting announcement reunites King and current Washington first-year coach Ron Rivera, who hired her as an intern in 2018 and 2019 when he coached the Carolina Panthers. King assisted the Carolina receivers, worked one-on-one with rookies with understanding the playbook before working “extensively with Pro Bowl running back Christian McCaffrey” last summer.
This past fall, King helped the Big Green finish 9-1 overall and capture the program’s 19th Ivy League title. Dartmouth concluded its 2019 campaign ranked 21st in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll.
King, who was Dartmouth’s second female quality control coach, was an assistant wide receiver and special teams assistant last winter for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) league. Before the AAF was suspended, King helped Rashad Ross become a wide receiver to watch in the league as the former Arizona State University wideout recorded 36 receptions for 583 yards and a league-leading seven touchdown receptions. Ross currently competes for the DC Defenders in the XFL.
“Jennifer is a bright young coach and will be a great addition to our staff,” Rivera said in a statement to the media this afternoon. “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.”
In addition to previous coaching experience, King played tackle football for the Carolina Phoenix and New York Sharks. She helped the Sharks win a 2018 Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) Championship as a wide receiver and defensive back.
King becomes the first African-American woman to have a full-time coaching job in the NFL, as noted by ProFootballTalk.com.