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
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  • Vickie L.
    3 days

    Keep your head up and do your thing, you are amazing

  • Pati M.
    3 days

    Get it gurl 🖤

  • Ray A.
    3 days

    Yes, i too pray that one day Katie will be simply addressed as"Coach" and accepted for who she is, and judged by her"content of character",not by the color of her skin,sexual persuasion or sexual preference!..God bless u, Coach..job well done❤😊

  • Gonzalez J.
    4 days

    First women to lose a super bowl

  • Laurie H.
    5 days

    Good for her, keep up the good work.

  • Ben H.
    02/18/2020 20:34

    And the first woman to lose a Superbowl...

  • Dustyn J.
    02/18/2020 19:57

    What does gender or sexuality do with her being a person?

  • Mary J.
    02/18/2020 14:40

    You go girl!♥️

  • Yvonne E.
    02/17/2020 15:05


  • Rubina S.
    02/16/2020 19:51

    I am so happy for you

  • Shawn R.
    02/16/2020 18:03

    Good for him

  • Betty A.
    02/14/2020 05:03


  • Bree B.
    02/13/2020 14:21

    i want her hair

  • Mary S.
    02/12/2020 17:42

    Great job Katie, keep following your dreams !!

  • Brent W.
    02/11/2020 21:07

    First woman to lose a Super Bowl

  • Christian L.
    02/10/2020 17:32

    Last time I checked they lost so she must not be that good. But good try maybe next year.

  • Douglas F.
    02/10/2020 02:39

    She's why they lost!!!!!

  • Dave B.
    02/05/2020 03:25

    And lost

  • Jay D.
    02/04/2020 20:40

    I don't care about her being gay. I care about running the right plays in the 4th quarter of the Superbowl

  • Elizabeth T.
    02/04/2020 15:48

    I’m glad she persevered. It’s awesome to see how much she has accomplished. She serves as a great role model to all those ladies and young girls out there. Work hard and you can achieve anything!