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Fox News featured Alumna Maral Javadifar in "Buccaneers' Lori Locust, Maral Javadifar become first female coaches to win Super Bowl"

02/11/2021

Fox News featured Alumna Maral Javadifar in "Buccaneers' Lori Locust, Maral Javadifar become first female coaches to win Super Bowl"

Javadifar is in her second season as the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach. She joined the team in 2019. She had a sports physical therapy residency at VCU and was a physical therapist in the Washington D.C. area. She played college basketball at Pace University and has a doctorate in physical therapy from the New York Medical College and a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Pace.

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ESPN Global featured alumn and former Pace basketball player Maral Javadifar in "Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistants Lori Locust, Maral Javadifar first female coaches to win Super Bowl"

02/08/2021

ESPN Global featured alumn and former Pace basketball player Maral Javadifar in "Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistants Lori Locust, Maral Javadifar first female coaches to win Super Bowl"

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar become the first female assistant coaches to win a Super Bowl.

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Javadifar, a former college basketball player at Pace University with a doctorate in physical therapy, was hired as the Bucs' assistant strength and conditioning coach/physical therapist.

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Spectrum1 News featured Pace grad Maral Javadifar and Pace basketball coach Carrie Symour in "NY1 — Mornings on 1"

02/05/2021

Spectrum1 News featured Pace grad Maral Javadifar and Pace basketball coach Carrie Symour in "NY1 — Mornings on 1"

Maral Javadifar as the tampa bay bucks assistant strength and conditioning coach. Long before she made it to the NFL sidelines in 2019 she got her start as a high school athlete in queens. Every story is a local story college basketball player at Pace University people who know her are not surprised. She's breaking this glass ceiling. Here's what one of the coaches at her alma mater had to say about her. "I'm not surprised I knew she was going to be sick. She is going to be successful. Whatever she sets her mind to. She is going after every goal and she has exceeded, I think every goal and I think she's going to continue to do that."             

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News12 featured Pace alumn Maral Javadifar and Pace basketball coach Carrie Seymour in "Former Pace University woman's basketball player looks to make history at Super Bowl"

02/04/2021

News12 featured Pace alumn Maral Javadifar and Pace basketball coach Carrie Seymour in "Former Pace University woman's basketball player looks to make history at Super Bowl"

For just the second time in history, the Super Bowl sidelines will feature a female coach and this year, there are ties to Westchester County.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar has always been inspired by those who have broken barriers, namely her mother, who fled war-torn Iran in the 1980s. “It's quite the journey for her to not be able to attend sporting events or have as many opportunities. For her and my father, they really did whatever they could to afford me the opportunities to embrace each of those journeys," says Javadifar.

Before her life in football, Javadifar was a basketball player at Pace University. Despite tearing her ACL in her senior year of high school, she played at Pace - where she discovered her true passion: physical therapy. “When Maral first came in, she was an accounting major. It didn't take her long to change to biology. She really enjoyed physical therapy, she really respected physical therapists,” says Pace women's basketball head coach Carrie Seymour.

After completing her biology degree, she got her doctorate in physical therapy. “Within that whole process, I was shadowing strength coaches and training to separate myself from others,” says Javadifar.

Eventually it all paid off, and now she's coaching for a Super Bowl contender. And while she has been fortunate enough to be a pioneer for women in her industry, her hope is that this soon becomes the norm. "I do look forward to the day that it's no longer newsworthy. And I hope we get to a point where all people are afforded equal opportunities to work in professional sports."

If the Bucs win on Sunday, Javadifar would be the first woman coach to help a team hoist the Lombardi trophy, adding to her already impressive resume.

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Associated Press via USA Today featured alumn Maral Javadifar in "Bucs double up female coaches in Super Bowl with not 1 but 2"

02/04/2021

Associated Press via USA Today featured alumn Maral Javadifar in "Bucs double up female coaches in Super Bowl with not 1 but 2"

Maral Javadifar thought Katie Sowers making history a year ago as the first female to coach in a Super Bowl meant that topic had been handled once and for all.

Nope.

Thanks to Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians, there are twice as many women to help with the ensuing media attention. Javadifar, assistant strength and conditioning coach, and assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust follow in Sowers' footsteps with the Bucs the only NFL team with two female coaches this season.

“I do look forward to the day that it’s no longer newsworthy to be a woman working in the pros or making the Super Bowl for that matter,” Javadifar said Monday. "And, you know, I hope we get to a point where all people are afforded equal opportunities to work in professional sports because there are a lot of great qualified coaches out there.”

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A native of Queens, New York, Javadifar played college basketball inspired by her mother who couldn't even watch sports growing up in Iran. A torn ACL before she got to Pace University helped steer her into physical therapy.

Read the full Associated Press via USA Today article.

Read "Bucs female assistants following in historic footsteps at Super Bowl" in Tampa Bay Times.

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