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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.