Buccaneers hiring 2 female assistant coaches

Buccaneers hiring 2 female assistant coaches

The Buccaneers are bringing in a pair of female coaches.

Tampa Bay announced Wednesday it has hired Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust, who become the first full-time female coaches in franchise history.

The move makes the Bucs the first NFL team with two female coaches on staff.

“I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians said in a statement. “Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity. The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff.  

“I have known Lori going back to my days at Temple University and I’ve seen firsthand just how knowledgeable and passionate she is about this game. I was equally impressed with Maral’s background in performance training and physical therapy and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program.”

Javadifar most recently worked as a physical therapist in Seattle.

Locust previously worked as the defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football during the league’s inaugural season this spring.