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.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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BucNnole
2 years ago

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

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

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.

BigSombrero
2 years ago

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.

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

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..

BucWonder
2 years ago

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!

drdneast
2 years ago

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… Read more »

gcolerick
2 years ago

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.

BigSombrero
2 years ago

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… Read more »

76Buc
2 years ago

Yep. Marxist PC BS.

76Buc
2 years ago

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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