Bears Make Franchise History With New Coach Hire

The Chicago Bears have made history with their latest addition to the coaching staff.

Jan 31, 2022; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears-Head Coach Matt Eberflus (left) and new Bears
Jan 31, 2022; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears-Head Coach Matt Eberflus (left) and new Bears / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears have been filling out their coaching staff as we get closer to the new league year. They are making additions to the offensive side of the ball and have made history with the latest move.

Chicago is officially hiring Jennifer King as an offensive assistant. She will be working with the running backs. King is the first-ever women's coach in the Bears' 104-year history. She quickly climbed the coaching ranks after being with the Washington Commanders and Carolina Panthers. King is also the first Black woman to be a full-time coach in NFL history.

King, 39, has plenty of experience around football. She played in the Women's Football Alliance (WFA) as both a quarterback and wide receiver for the Carolina Phoenix from 2006-2017. King then played defensive back and receiver in 2018 for the New York Sharks. She ended her career as a safety for the D.C. Divas in 2019.

King got into league circles when she met then-Panthers coach Ron Rivera at the NFL's Women's Forum in 2018. She expressed interest in coaching and was brought in to be an intern with Carolina later that year.

Fast forward six years later, King is now a full-time coach. The North Carolina native is thrilled to be joining the Bears staff.

She said, "To be a first in such a historic organization is a special moment. To be a part of that culture that's in the building is exciting. I think we're going to do some really cool things and I'm definitely excited for the upcoming season."

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