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"12up" featured Pace University's alumna Maral Javadifar as assistant strength and conditioning coach in "Bruce Arians Has Greatest Take Possible on Bucs Hiring Two Female Assistants"

03/27/2019

"12up" featured Pace University's alumna Maral Javadifar as assistant strength and conditioning coach in "Bruce Arians Has Greatest Take Possible on Bucs Hiring Two Female Assistants"

The brand new ​Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach drew significant attention in hiring two women, Maral Javadifar and Lo Locust, as assistant strength coach and assistant defensive line coach, respectively. Arians, already known as an incredibly frank guy, had an amazing response to questions surrounding Javadifar and Locust's gender.

This is the only correct answer.

Arians has long been a proponent of creating a pipeline for women into the ​NFL, as he hired the league's first-ever female coach, Jennifer Welter, to his preseason staff during his time in charge of the Arizona Cardinals.

While both new Bucs assistants will stand out on an NFL sideline given the current lack of female representation around the league, both of them have every qualification to coach at this level. Javadifar is a former Pace University basketball player who earned her doctorate in physical therapy, while Locust most recently served as an assistant coach with the AAF's Birmingham Iron, which has one of the best defensive lines in the new league.

Arians has always been one to think outside the box, and his latest hirings could be monumental with regards to getting women into positions of power in the NFL.

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