College of Health and Human Performance

First Female NFL Coach Jen Welter Talks with HHP

HHP welcomed Dr. Jen Welter as the 2018 D.K. Stanley Lecture speaker on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

In 2015 Dr. Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL when she served as a linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Dr. Welter broke into men’s professional football by playing for the Texas Revolution, then becoming the linebackers coach. Prior to joining the men’s game, she was a standout in women’s football. Dr. Welter is an empowerment and sports speaker, and ESPN W named her one of the 25 most influential women in sports in 2015. Dr. Welter holds a doctorate degree in psychology and a master’s in sports psychology.

On the eve of her lecture, "Being Limitless: Lessons From the First Woman Coach in the NFL," Dr. Welter stopped by the studio to talk with Brady Holmer, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology.


In addition, Dr. Welter talked with ESPN Radio’s Steve Russell about her career. Listen to the interview on ESPN 98.1 / 850 WRUF.

Dr. Welter delivered an inspiring talk about her path to break several glass ceilings. She said, “I promised myself I would step up to every challenge the game put in my way.” 

Following the lecture, she signed copies of her book, “Play Big: Lessons on Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL.”

The lecture was made possible through the generous support of the Frederick Family Endowment and named after Dennis Keith “Dutch” Stanley, HHP's first dean. Since 1986, the college has hosted experts from the American Cancer Society, U.S. Olympic Committee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous univeristies and institutes.

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Published April 27, 2018