According to CBS News, Autumn Lockwood, an assistant sports performance coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, will take the field as the first Black woman to coach in a Super Bowl when her team faces off against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday (February 12).
Lockwood, a graduate of the University of Arizona and a former soccer player, broke into the industry as a sports information director and Olympic strength and conditioning intern at her alma mater. Lockwood went on to work with the University of Houston as a sports performance coordinator in 2021.
She continued her line of work as a strength and conditioning assistant at East Tennessee State, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and with the Atlanta Falcons before joining the Eagles in August of 2022.
Now, Lockwood will join the ranks of just three other women who have coached in a Super Bowl.
She will break barriers in an already historic Super Bowl matchup where two Black quarterbacks — Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes — will face off for the first time ever. Hurts' agent, Nicole Lynn, is also set to make history as the first Black woman to represent a player in the Super Bowl.