This offseason the Buccaneers became the first NFL team to bring two full-time female coaches onto their staff. Lori Locust, Tampa Bay’s new assistant defensive line coach, spoke to the Tampa media for the first time on Wednesday.

“Obviously I’m thrilled to be here,” Locust said. “It’s a blessing, it’s an amazing opportunity and everything’s been going well.”

She talked about how the process of joining the rest of the staff as a female assistant, how she’s fit into the staff and what’s facilitated the move being such a relatively easy transition for her.

Locust’s position with the Bucs is her first opportunity as a full-time assistant in the NFL but she joins the team on the heels of multiple stops with professional staffs, first as a defensive coaching intern with the Baltimore Ravens before joining the Alliance of American Football’s Birmingham Iron as the team’s defensive line coach.

She spoke about how those experiences have impacted her as a coach and prepared her for working in the NFL.

Locust is also joining a staff that enters the 2019 season with high expectations based on the resume’s of coaches like Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but also with some added pressure due to a losing culture – for lack of a better word – that has developed over the last decade or so, as the Bucs have failed to reach the playoffs since 2007.

Some of the preliminary changes within the organization include an overhauled group of coaches and a larger training staff.

Now as voluntary workouts progress and the team begins to move closer to OTA’s and training camp, Locust talks about the aspects of being a coach at the professional level, what she believes she does well and what kind of coach she sees herself as and what kind of coach she strives to be for the players.

 

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  1. Welcome aboard Lori. Good to see.

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  2. Let’s see if Locust can get these DL to swarm. Sorry.

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  3. Big job and wish her luck.

    Would be interested in her coaching philosophy and how she sees the changes needed, if any.

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  4. @76buc Ok, now that’s funny. LOL

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  5. This is a total joke, I am all for women’s rights
    this team is a last place team and does have time to
    be ground breaker for women ,
    JPP McCoy and Allen laughing there ass off
    She has no experience to relate with these lineman…………………

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  6. After watching today’s press conference, I have to say I feel better about the draft..I think coach Nick Rapone did a really good job breaking down what they are trying to on defense.

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  7. They didn’t just hire a woman because she raised her hand, they hired a person that has been Coaching her entire career and played Semi-Pro ball herself as well as interning as a Dline coach with the Baltimore Ravens… Sounds like she’s got a lot of experience, just as much as most other coaches in sports starting out. Anyone who disagrees with the hiring is just an insecure little boy who drives a big red sports car if you get my meaning. I am all for equality as long as the person can do the job and it sounds like she’s just as qualified as any other first time assistant coaches…

    The best coaches are almost never the ones with the most talent, they are usually the ones that had to study and work the hardest to understand the game because they were not born with the natural ability to be Hall of Famers.

    I bet you JPP McCoy and Allen are NOT laughing their asses off because they seem like Men who respect people and are secure enough to take advice from anyone who has good advice…

    I’d be willing to bet that once they get to know her they will be laughing at any idiots that don’t respect her…

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  8. @buc-ass-bob, how bout you let her do her job and judge her on the results rather than claiming to be all for women’s rights and then write her off based solely on her gender.

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  9. 100% total joke there are a lot of experience NFL lineman that are now coaching in collage they could have brought come in here with some experience the veteran lineman on this team will never going to take this serious it’s a waste of a position coach this team is in serious trouble and needs serious Solutions instead of this kind of crap

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  10. I am seriously getting tired of the BS with this team at the bottom for the last 10 years I understand most of pewter trolls condone everything the management of this team does every year as it stays at the bottom. This is just another example of BS there’s a lot of teams in the NFL that improved this off-season I’m sure Buckner who is now over at the Raiders is laughing his ass off also
    It took the Raiders 10 minutes to hire him once they figured out he was fired

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  11. Spitfire it’s just a PR stunt so the the glazers can show off to their liberal friends how progressive they are.

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  12. Do the glazers understand how the other owners Snicker at them behind their back inheriting everything they got it and keeping the team at the bottom for 10 years

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  13. This is a good hire based on the fact we need as many new coaches to evaluate and judge the current talent on the roster. The bubble effect was real last year so now we will find out how good or bad this roster is with a new set of eyes and a lot more coaches on staff too.

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  14. Buc Ass: Do you realize that Coach Locust is only a defensive assistant and not the actual defensive line coach? You’re not even willing to give her a chance at all simply because of her gender. With that attitude I suspect you were one of those folks who didn’t think Doug Williams should be a QB.

    Now, if somehow the Bucs created a novel position to utilize an ultra perceptive fan like yourself as a consultant, I’m nominating Baghdad errrrr Buc Ass Bob. Those press conferences sure would be entertaining having you spew one outrageous statement after another.

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  15. It worked in Baltimore after the Ray Rice elevator ride. Maybe it will work in Tampa for that Uber ride? I know I’m for it. Go Bucs.

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