The first female coach in the Super Bowl

Katie Sowers is the first woman to coach a team that made it to the Super Bowl — and the first out gay coach in the NFL. But homophobia nearly steered her away from her career.

Sowers and the rest of the 49ers faced a tough task in facing the Chiefs

Sowers is making football history as the first woman and the first openly LGBTQ+ person to coach at the Super Bowl. But she almost didn't become a football coach at all. Sowers, 33, has been an offensive assistant for 49ers for two seasons and has been in the NFL for four, including her introductory year in 2016 with the Atlanta Falcons. She joined the 49ers in June 2017 as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship, when she worked with San Francisco’s wide receivers.

Current 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had been serving as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator at the time that Sowers got her start in the NFL

Before the 2017 season, Sowers came out to Outsports as lesbian and became the first openly gay coach in NFL history. Sowers wasn’t the first female coaching assistant in NFL history; Jen Welter was hired in 2015 as a seasonal assistant for the Arizona Cardinals and coached during training camp and the preseason. Then, in 2016, Kathryn Smith was the first full-time female coaching assistant in the NFL when the Bills hired her to be a special teams quality control coach.

Sowers also was a member of the 2013 U.S. Women’s National American Football squad that won the International Federation of American Football World Championship

Sowers is part of an offensive coaching staff that has helped the Niners become one of the more dependable outfits in the entire NFL. San Francisco ranked fourth in the regular season in total offense (381.1 yards per game), second in rushing (144.1 yards per game) and second in scoring (29.9 points a game). While quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, running back Raheem Mostert and tight end George Kittle have garnered much of the attention throughout the season and in weeks leading to the big game, wide receivers Deebo Samuels and Emmanuel Sanders have also been integral to the unit’s success.


02/01/2020 10:58 AM


  • Steven S.
    03/12/2020 20:33

    Why is this even news?

  • Craig W.
    03/12/2020 16:52

    I'm sure she was the most qualified candidate for the

  • Michael G.
    03/12/2020 02:24

    Who is he?

  • Joel M.
    03/11/2020 17:04

    Everyone getting on the niners losing last I check she's not the head coach and last I check the niners was winning that game everyone baffled and said why didn't the head coach just run out the clock stick to what brought them to the big game she did her job my hat off to her and last I checked she still got a job who knows maybe in 10 to 20 years she maybe a head coach..

  • Mario S.
    03/11/2020 02:15

    I really don't put labels , But if you got skills to then use them and don't make a statement about your sexuality.

  • Frances B.
    03/10/2020 13:25

    What do I see ? A woman who followed her dream .

  • Nealy R.
    03/08/2020 02:41


  • Gary T.
    03/07/2020 11:11

    Coach womans softball or something, football is a mans sport, not impressed at all!

  • Andy C.
    03/06/2020 18:25

    They want to know why they cant be accepted into society for being gay. Maybe its the label that they need to make sure the world knows they are gay. I didn't know being gay was so important to coaching that it needed to be emphasized.

  • Arthur V.
    03/05/2020 22:19

    Katie rocks

  • Poppa S.
    03/05/2020 22:11

    Love this and her.

  • Bill H.
    03/04/2020 17:44

    i want to be treated like everyone else oh wait i am a lesbian give me my time in the lime night just shut up do your job like anyone who isn.t special

  • Kathy G.
    03/04/2020 14:42

    She looks like a guy that wanted to be a girl then wanted to be a guy again ! So confused with all this 😳 Can’t she just be the coach and the the gay part out of the equation ....

  • Heather W.
    03/03/2020 21:33


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  • Judith J.
    03/02/2020 00:22

    Her team made it to the Superbowl. That is awesome in and of itself. Who cares they lost. Kudos to you Katie for not giving up and opening that other door and God bless your mom for being your strong support system

  • Kim F.
    03/01/2020 09:00

    HER.. 😍❤️

  • Paul K.
    02/29/2020 18:15

    She isn’t the only female doing this

  • Dianna B.
    02/29/2020 06:35

    Kudos to her for being so brave and leading the way. The 49ers are lucky to have her.

  • Donna B.
    02/28/2020 09:08

    To all those who say she’s the first woman Coach to lose a Super Bowl, you are right. But at least she got there. Everyone else was sitting their butts at home.

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