Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that the team has added Maral Javadifar as assistant forces and pastry chef and Lori Locust as assistant defensive line trainer. Locust and Javadifar are the first full-time female coaches in franchise history and Buccaneers now becomes the first NFL team with two female coaches on staff.
"I know how difficult it can be to get the first opportunity to train at the highest level of professional football," said Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians . "Sometimes everything you need, the right organization to offer the opportunity. Glazers family and our general manager, Jason Licht, was extremely supportive of my decision and I know Maral and Lori will be good additions to my coaching staff .
"I have known that Lori goes back to my days at Temple University and I have seen firsthand, just as knowledgeable and passionate that she is about this game. I was equally impressed with Maral's background in performance education and physiotherapy, and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program. "
Javadifar recently worked as a physiotherapist at Avant Physiotherapy in Seattle after completing his Sports Physical Therapy Residency in the Virginia Commonwealth in August 201
Locust joins Buccaneers after working as a defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of Alliance of American Football in the preliminary season of the league in spring 2008. In 2018, Locust acted as a defensive coaching employee for Baltimore Ravens during the team's training camp and from 2017-18 worked as a defensive line / linebackers coach and co-special team coordinator of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League.
A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, graduated from Susquehanna Township High School, where she worked as an assistant coach from 2010-2018. She also had roles as assistant coach with Central Penn Piranha, a semi-professional team in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from 2013-16, DMV Elite semi-professional team from 2016-18 and Keystone Assault from Women's Football Alliance from 2017 -18.
Locust started his coaching career after four years playing in women's semi-professional football. She attended Temple University.