If you saw Kelsey Martinez walking down the street, NFL assistant coach would probably be the absolute last thing to come to mind.
But that’s exactly what the 26-year-old is, hired by the Oakland Raiders as the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach.
“At first glance, you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s a woman.’ And then they start talking, and it’s, ‘Oh, that’s a coach.’ You know what I mean? It’s that instant switch of, ‘Oh, that’s interesting,’ to, ‘Oh, I need to get my feet up.'” linebacker James Cower jokingly said when asked about Martinez.
The Raiders join the Bills and 49ers as teams that have full-time female assistant coaches on staff.