Bucs’ Javadifar, Locust 1st female coaches to win Super Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar, Super Bowl champs.

To their many fans in the sports world and beyond, that’s got a real nice ring to it.

Locust and Javadifar became the first female coaches on a team to win the Super Bowl, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 Sunday night.

The 30-year-old Javadifar is an assistant strength and conditioning coach, and the 56-year-old Locust is an assistant defensive line coach.

“History was made tonight!” tennis champion and social justice champion Billie Jean King tweeted.

Locust and Javadifar have worked two seasons on the staff of coach Bruce Arians. Soon enough, they’ll get their Super Bowl rings, just like Tom Brady and the rest of the Buccaneers.

“If you can teach, you can coach,” Arians said last week. “As far as the women, it was time. It was time for that door to be knocked down and allow them because they’ve been putting in time, and they’re very, very qualified. The ones we have are overly qualified.”

Last season, Katie Sowers became the first female to coach in a Super Bowl. She was an offensive assistant for the San Francisco 49ers in their loss to the Chiefs.

This year’s game was the 55th Super Bowl.

The Buccaneers were the only NFL team with two female coaches on their staff 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 last week. “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.”

FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2021, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust looks on before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Washington Football Team in Landover, Md. Maral Javadifar, assistant strength and conditioning coach, and Locust follow in Katie Sowers’ footsteps with the Bucs the only NFL team with two female coaches this season. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr., File)

Locust echoed that sentiment.

“It wouldn’t matter if we were second in or 273rd,” she said last week. “And I mean, like we acknowledge the fact there hasn’t been many before us, but it’s not anything that we kind of keep in the forefront of what we do on a daily basis.”

Sarah Thomas also made history as the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl, working as the down judge.

“I’m cheering you on today, Sarah Thomas!” first lady Jill Biden tweeted.
___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Latest in News

News

Pentagon Confesses Mistake in Strike That Killed 10 Civilians

News

FDA Panel Votes Against COVID-19 Booster Shot

News

Justice Department Reviewing Policies on Transgender Inmates

News

Parents Defend Principal After Students Are Allegedly Segregated

News

Local Atlanta Highschool is Given Free In-School Grocery Store

News

Man Files $1 Million Lawsuit After Daughter’s Hair Cut Without Permission

George Floyd Minneapolis

News

MN Court: Minneapolis Voters Can Decide to Abolish Police in Election

News

Mass Shootings Increased During COVID-19 Pandemic