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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SCLOBERNOCKER
2 years ago

Welcome aboard Lori. Good to see.

76Buc
2 years ago

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

Dman
2 years ago

Big job and wish her luck.

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

Dman
2 years ago

Ok, now that’s funny. LOL

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

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…………………

BucRy
2 years ago

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.

Spitfire
2 years ago

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… Read more »

SCLOBERNOCKER
2 years ago

, 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.

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

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

BUC-ASS-BOB