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In NFL 1st, Cardinals Name Woman as Training Camp Coach

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    Jen Welter in an undated file photo. She has been hired to coach the Arizona Cardinals' inside linebackers in their 2015 training camp and preseason, the team announced Monday, July 27, 2015.

    The Arizona Cardinals have hired the first female coach in National Football League history, the team said Monday.

    Jen Welter will work with the Cardinals' inside linebackers as a training camp-preseason intern coach. The NFL Monday night confirmed to NBC News that she is the first female coach in league history.

    Welter is a former college rugby player, 14-season pro footballer and the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men's pro league, according to a Cardinals release: in 2014, she was a running back and played special teams for the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League.