Speaking at the Women’s Careers In Football Forum at the NFL Scouting Combine, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said he planned to hire a female coach this year, citing his appreciation for a staff with diverse points of view.

Arians actually hired two female head coaches – the first time that’s happened in NFL history – and broke the news in an interview on Kenny And Crash on Fox Sports 910 AM in Phoenix, but didn’t reveal their names.

PewterReport.com has learned that the Bucs have hired Lori Locust as a full-time assistant defensive line coach. Locust was recently working on the staff of the Birmingham Iron of the AAF, and has previous coaching experience with Baltimore’s defensive line in the summer of 2018 under the team’s coaching apprenticeship program.

Locust, who played defensive end for a women’s semi-pro league, has been coaching football for 14 years, including at the high school, semi-pro and arena levels. She was previously with the National Arena League’s Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, where she was a defensive assistant, defensive lineman/linebackers coach and co-special teams coordinator prior to interning with the Ravens.

Maral Javadifar was hired to be a full-time assistant strength and conditioning coach. Javadifar has recently worked as a physical therapist at Avant Physical Therapy in Seattle. She completed her sports physical therapy residency at Virginia Commonwealth last summer. Javadifar has also worked as a physical therapist and performance trainer in Virginia, while also serving as a guest lecturer at George Mason University.

A native of Queens, New York, Javadifar played basketball at Pace University in New York City. After receiving a bachelor of ccience degree in Molecular Biology from Pace, Javadifar then earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from New York Medical College.

“I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football,” Arians said. “Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity. The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff.

“I have known Lori going back to my days at Temple University and I’ve seen firsthand just how knowledgeable and passionate she is about this game. I was equally impressed with Maral’s background in performance training and physical therapy and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program.”

Arians helped blaze a trail for women in football in 2015 when he hired Dr. Jen Welter as a training camp assistant coach in Arizona. Welter was the first female assistant coach in NFL history.

Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

30 COMMENTS

  1. I bet they have far more testosterone pumping through their blood than Cancer 93.

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  2. Good hires. Arians has the right attitude towards improving this team.

    Need as many eyes and ears to see what is going on with this team. Accountability 100%.

    Well done Arians and Bucs organization.

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  3. DAMN! Now you’ve done it BucNnole.

    McCoy is so mad right now he might hold a door open for you. Or perhaps bake you some cookies.

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  4. I am all for equal rights and sure they are great at what they do however a last place team in need of repair should be getting the best possible coach,s on the planet that’s available for these jobs. there is no cap restrictions on coaches..

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  5. I think this is great. Maral Javadifar’s doctor of physical therapy degree may the most advanced academic degree at One Buc Place. Go Bucs!

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  6. BucNnole, snipy yet funny observation.
    I used to defend McCoy for his sportsmanship and still do, but to me he lacks other qualities which I think have held him back from being a better more dominant player and possibly a Hall of Famer.
    He has really shone no exemplary leadership skills and as far as I’m concerned he might be one of those players who is happy being a millionaire loser.
    Three instances stick out in my mind the most.

    The first was his pregame speech before the Cowboys game. He sounded more like Tony Robbins than Sgt. Rock going to war.

    The second was when he stood idly by after Shaggy Baker made a big joke about jumping offsides against the Panther which probably led to us losing the game. Kwon Alexander and Jameis Winston had to confront Baker about his lackadaisical attitude instead of the so called defensive leader.
    And finally the third one was again on national TV against the Steelers when McCoy his Big Ben a tad late and promptly apologized to him. Huh, what?

    I’m not one of those who think Suh is better thant McCoy, there are components missing to his game too and if you are looking at thier stats they are probably very even.
    But don’t expect MCoy to take a pay cut this year, I think he would rather play somewhere else for less money than here.

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  7. OMG, isn’t that special. I have been a huge supporter of pretty much every move BA has made to date but this move has me shaking my head. I hope time proves me wrong but this smells like liberal PC bullcrap to me.

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  8. Very inclusive and it sounds like these ladies have paid their dues and have the experience to coach.

    Also, it makes sense to bring in a female to help coach the DL. Its the last thing left to try.

    Tampa’s defensive line currently has the 2nd highest payroll in the NFL at $47 million. And that’s AFTER cutting Vinny Curry. (JPP 14.7, GMC 13, Allen 4, Gholston 3.75, Vea 3.4, Nassib 2, Spence 2, 7 others add 5m)

    They were 31st in points allowed, 24th vs. the run, 22nd in takeaways and 14th in sacks. Talk about a bad return on investment.

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  9. Yep. Marxist PC BS.

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  10. Agree Sombrero. If she is a DL coach maybe the young fellas will pay attention. Seriously, I hope these ladies are for real. It could be helpful and it will bring attention to the franchise, which the football public has forgotten. I am hopeful and that this is not just a political stunt. I bet Comrade Goodell is smiling!

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  11. Ok Big Sombrero….please explain to me how it makes sense to you to bring in women to coach our defensive line. Jesus…whats next transgender?

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  12. gcolerick, half of one of those ladies has probably forgotten more about football than you’ll ever know. How about you shut you chauvinistic mouth and hope they succeed? It may be a publicity stunt, or….. BA actually believes they can help teach these guys with basics

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  13. @gcolerick Well, it only makes sense if she’s qualified to do the job. She appears to have plenty of qualifications and the truth is, anything that will help this AWFUL defensive line if FRICKIN fine with me dude.

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  14. Well Grayballs, I do believe someone has pushed your buttons and my, what a profound statement you have made……It may be a publicity stunt or BA believes these women can teach these guys the basics. Do you really believe any professional NFL player has not learned the basics. You actually believe they have spent 10 years playing junior high, high school and college ball and are good enough to make it to the pros but they have not learned the basics. These are the best players in the world and you believe these women are going to teach them something they have not already learned or come across.

    Your easily sold…..I am not. That does not mean I don’t hope for the best, I hope for the best every fricking year the Bucs take the field. I drank the kool-aid and have gone into the last few years with high hopes only to be let down like everyone else that is a Bucs fan. I feel really good about the direction the team is going with the new leadership. This just isn’t one of those moves that gets me excited. Excuse the hell out of me for voicing my opinion jackass.

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  15. we added one coach with a doctorate in the field in which she is supporting the players and one who has been paying her dues grinding away on the fringes of the sport her whole adult life. when you think of all the serial failures, coaches’ sons and guys who should’ve retired in the 90s that languish in the NFL it seems silly to be against such hires. Visitors to this site are showing far more maturity and perspective than the comments on the other major bucs site, which i appreciate.

    BA is turning the building a deep coaching staff with upside and passion a central component of his franchise building plan. Just like Dungy built a legendary defense by embracing guys who “didn’t belong” in the league (undersized front 7, CBs more known for their grit than lockdown coverage) and tapped a talent source the league didn’t value, Bruce is embracing minority coaches that in many cases he thinks are qualified for bigger jobs than they have with the bucs. It costs us nothing and the worst that can happen is more of the same. I say bring it on

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  16. Hey BigSombrero…I can respect that and if it turns out that way great. Personally, I think Todd Bowels and his staff will get this D turned around. I like the moves they have made to address the holes in our defense and believe they will focus on the defense in the upcoming draft. I just don’t feel get any warm and fuzzy feelings with these women they are bringing in. Hope I am wrong!

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  17. now more than ever, a player is likely to come into the league under-coached. most NFL-bound college athletes are way more talented than the kid across from them on a given down and they don’t need to have perfect footwork, timing, or angles to be successful. guys like noah spence come into the league never having needed an inside move, and a dozen speed demon WRs get drafted every year and struggle to run routes

    mike smith’s defense is all you need to see to know that lifelong football players – some of them quite experienced and quite talented – can’t just get it done on their own

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  18. Pick6, that was exactly my point. Basics aren’t really taught the way they used to be. That’s why you see these supposed “workout warriors” fail, year in, year out. All the skill in the world but need some tweaking to put it all together. All it seems gcolerick is seeing is the fact they’re female. I’m not worried about “warm and fuzzy”, I like seeing qualified coaches entering the facility. Again, I don’t think Arians would hire these women if he felt they were not qualified. He’s not wrong about me being a jackass, though. That part is pretty spot on. Doesn’t make anything else he said right, though. I stand by my previous assessment with one added piece….. Chauvinist d!ck

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  19. @pick6 Great points.

    I think coaching is about holding players accountable and showing them where they can improve. Basic manager/employee relationship. It’s about teaching new techniques, identifying problem areas and implementing plans to help them improve. If they can’t get better at the things you are asking or implement the plan, the organization will eventually move on from the coach or the player.

    This defensive line has underperformed massively over many years. I think the coaches keep changing but the results are about the same. The blame went to the coaches again last year. Buckner, a Buc fan favorite and an Arians pupil, was NOT retained either. I’m not defending Mike Smith or Lovie Smith or Leslie Frasier or whoever. They’re all gone.

    Hey, I’m probably wrong. My wife will tell you that’s not uncommon. I just think its time for fresh blood, especially on the field. I’ve spent 9 years watching what GMC can do. I’m ready for a change.

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  20. This is about our organization giving two women an opportunity to prove themselves in their chosen man-dominated field. These are basically entry level positions designed for them to help the assistant coaches while learning and developing their own career. I see absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.

    We have women and youngsters in the construction industry who no doubt face similar obstacles. Many barriers are self-inflicted. Some get it, some don’t. My advise to this pioneering duo is simple. “Be yourself. Do a good job. Don’t try to BS your way to hide your inexperience. Put in the effort. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t try to be excessively alpha to prove yourself. Be willing to listen and learn. Stay calm.

    Take these measures and you will earn the players’ and fellow coaching staff’s respect. They then will just see the coach and not the gender……or the youth.

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  21. Welcome new Buc coaches Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar. Most of you old school PR posters will remember that I’m Black American. At least that’s the rumor. It is entirely possible that I’m simply sporting a full body freckle. lol.

    I say that to say I’m old enough to remember when there were few black players, no QBs, and no coaches. Times change and often for the better. Scubog gave good advice. I have none. Just help make us better! Go Bucs!

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  22. I guess this is news. All I care about is whether they can coach and make guys better. Don’t think ‘diverse viewpoints’ matter in getting to the QB. Again, if they can coach, who cares.

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  23. Scubog & Macabee said it all.
    Go Bucs!

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  24. macabee, I was about to say the same thing and will.
    I too remember those racist Jim Crow days since I was a teenager in the 60s and 70s. The morons who are complaining about this are no doubt the same ones who would have or did disparage black athlete back in those days and still do.
    I maintain much of the antagonism towards Winston is that he is a black QB and also had the temerity to be involved with white women.
    These are the same people who want to stay rooted in the 50s and really believed shows like Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best were reality shows.
    They vote for a scummy con man who spreads racial discord and ties it into being antipatriotic by protesting during the National Anthem while at the same time insulting and besmirching a real American war hero who spent years suffering in a POW camp while he dodged the draft with fake bone spurs so he could dance frivolously at nightclubs like Studio54.

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  25. This one really generated the negative comments and the corresponding negative votes. Out of these first seven posts only one turned blatantly political. The numbers for them so far are -39, -22, -32,and -31.

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    On a positive note I echo, “Welcome new Buc coaches Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar.”!

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    Go Bucs!!!!!!

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  26. P.S. Just checked over at JBF. The venom on this news is spewing copiously. The negativity (really by just a few fans only, I hope) is relatively sedate here at PR.
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    We at a low ebb for Buc news until the draft now. Like Christmas was as a child I cannot wait for draft day to arrive!
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    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!

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  27. In other news, Helen Hunt said she would consider coming out of retirement and playing for the Bucs to compete for the back-up QB position.

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  28. No But Hell No

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  29. A lot of very insecure males in this thread.

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  30. Without incriminating myself, I will say..She definitely looks the coaching role. Look guys, Like it or not, society is and has changed. For the better..and worse. Both of these women are here now. Lets hope they are an asset to the team. I get this feeling they will be. Because they know, the eyes of Buc Nation and NFL fans are upon them. They will give..max effort. God luck to both of them.

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