On May 26th, 2017, Collette Smith became the first female coach in New York Jets team history when it was announced that she would work with defensive backs during training camp. Smith previously coached and worked as a marketing executive for the New York Sharks of the Independent Women’s Football League.
Smith said of her hiring, “I’m over the top. I’m humbled and I’m proud. This could have happened with any NFL team. But it just so happened that it was with my beloved New York Jets. This is bigger because of that. God forbid it would have been with the Patriots. But I still would have done it.”