Professional women's football
Dr. Jen Welter, known widely as a trailblazer in the world of professional football, has pioneered a number of opportunities for females in the game. Her highly decorated 14-year career in Women’s professional football gave her the foundation to be the first woman to play running back in a men’s professional football league and to become the first female coach in the NFL. Her professional career led her to 4 National Championships and 2 Gold medals as a member of Team USA in the 2010 and 2013 International Federation of American Football’s (IFAF) Women’s World Championship (WWC). She is also a successful sports consultant, renowned speaker, author of “Play Big, Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL,” (published by Seal Press on October 3, 2017), and Head Coach of the first Australian Women’s National Team in the 2017.
Welter continues to be committed to increasing access and opportunities in football through her signature program “A day in the life of a football player”, which was launched with the Women of Washington (WOW) Redskins female fan club on December 3, 2016. In August 2017, Welter also kicked off a national tour of football camps for girls in partnership with the NFL Alumni Association. Her signature program, her involvement as a spokesperson and mentor for the launch of Play 60 in Canada, and the launch of a national tour of football camps for girls are just three examples of the powerful work she is doing to get more women onto the field. Additionally, Welter’s doctorate degree in Psychology, Masters in Sport Psychology, and Bachelors degree from Boston College have supplemented her passion for the game and have been a driving force behind the impact she has made as a noteworthy coach, opening up the game to women and empowering a new perspective of thinking through sport psychology.