The Buccaneers hired Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar, making Tampa Bay the first NFL team with two coaches on staff.
Locust and Javadifar are the first full-time coaches in the history of the Bucs franchise. Locust is an assistant coach of the defensive line and Javadifar is an assistant coach of strength and conditioning, the team said.
"I know how difficult it can be to get this first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football," said coach Bruce Arians in a statement released by the team. team. "Sometimes, all you need is good organization to offer this opportunity." The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know that Maral and Lori will bring a lot to my coaching staff. "
Locust was the coach of the American Football Alliance's defensive line, Birmingham Iron, this spring and was a defensive training trainee of the Baltimore Ravens at the training camp of the year last.
She also has a coaching experience in the National Arena League, the Women's Football Alliance and at the semi-professional and preparatory levels. She played four years in semi-professional women's football and attended Temple University.
"I've known Lori going back to the time of Temple University, and I've seen how much she's been informed and passionate about this game," Arians said. "I have also been impressed by Maral's track record in performance training and physical therapy, and I know that she will be a valuable asset to our fitness program."
Javadifar, who played basketball at Pace University in New York, earned his PhD in physiotherapy from New York Medical College and completed his residency in sports physiotherapy at VCU in August. She has worked as a physical therapist and performance coach in Seattle and Virginia.
In 2015, Arians hired Jen Welter as a training camp intern with the Arizona Cardinals, making her the first woman to hold the NFL coaching position.
Arians told the NFL this year that he was considering hiring a woman as a full-time coach.
Jenna Laine from ESPN contributed to this report.