Katie Sowers Makes NFL History as First Female and Openly LGBTQ+ Coach to Appear at the Super Bowl
San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach KATIE SOWERS made history at the 2020 Super Bowl as the first-ever female and openly gay coach to work at the prestigious NFL game.
Sowers has found success in a historically male-dominated industry and is working to create an environment that welcomes all types of people.
Heralded for her authenticity and candor as a speaker, Sowers encourages audiences to find their “why” and become an irreplaceable asset to their team. An inspiration to anyone afraid to pursue their goals, she speaks passionately about how it’s possible to break down even the most challenging barriers to make dreams come true.
Katie Sowers is the second woman to hold a full-time NFL coaching position, and the first openly gay coach in the NFL. Katie is in her 4th season in the NFL and 2nd as an offensive assistant with the 49ers, working primarily with the Wide Receivers. Katie started her NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons after spending five years as the athletic director of the City of Kansas City. Katie has competed at the highest level of women’s tackle football, playing in the WFA (women’s football alliance) for eight years and being selected as a member of the United States Women’s National Football Team in 2013. Katie has a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in pedagogy from the University of Central Missouri.
Katie is listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Sport by Sport360 and won the 2019 Rising Star Award from The Sports Power Brunch: Celebrating the Most Powerful Women in Sports. She was Outsports’ 2017 Female Hero of the Year and named the to the Bleacher Report Power 50. In addition, Katie has been featured in several publications and magazines, such as ESPN, USA Today, NFL.com, Forbes, and Outsports.