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 be a full-time NFL coach.
King spent this past season as a full-time intern and worked with coach Randy Jordan. Washington’s running backs received strong output from third-down defender JD McKissic, who caught a career-best 80 passes for 589 yards and rushed 85 times for 365. Rookie Antonio Gibson also rushed to 795 yards and 11 touchdowns as he switched from playing most recipient in college.
King also worked as an intern for two years under coach Ron Rivera when he was in Carolina in 2018 and ’19. She was also the assistant receiver coach for the Arizona Hotshots from the Alliance of American Football.
King was an offensive assistant at Dartmouth College in 2019 before coming to Washington last offseason. She regularly attended the NFL’s coaching clinics from 2015 to ’18 and participated in the NFL Women’s Career in 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, the New York Sharks and DC Divas.
She also served as the head coach of the Johnson & Wales University Charlotte women’s basketball team from 2016 to ’18 and led it to a USCAA Division II national championship. She was an assistant on the Greensboro College women’s basketball team from 2006 to ’16.
She played softball and basketball for Guilford College.
News of King’s promotion was first reported by the NFL Network.