In July, we heard news of the Becky Hammon taking on the position of assistant coach for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, as well as Jen Welter rising to hold a coaching position in the NFL. And now, we have a yet another female breaking into the predominantly male sports industry, specifically the NFL.
According to Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Sarah Thomas has made history recently as the first female regular season official of the NFL. The Mississippi mom of three has been officiating football games since 1999, and made history once before by becoming the first woman to ref a college bowl game.
Smart Girls says that Thomas got the opportunity to officiate in a regular season game passing through the preseason as a finalist in the NFL’s Officiating Development Program, and her first game was during Week 1 of this year’s football season, calling the Houston Texans/Kansas City Chiefs game.
Thank you, Sarah Thomas, for showing us that hard work, determination and persistence is what it takes to break into a male-dominated industry.