Female coaching intern Jennifer King accepts offer to stay with Panthers through training camp

By Matt Johnson

The Carolina Panthers are bringing back Jennifer King to serve as a coaching intern for the team through training camp this summer.

She worked for the team during organized team activities over the past few weeks and is the first female coaching intern in Carolina.

According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer, King was a multi-sport athlete in high school and became a women’s basketball coach after she graduated college. Most recently, she served as the head coach for Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte.

The 33-year-old, who worked with wide receivers during OTAs, is a product of the NFL’s career development symposium for women.

“I went to the Women’s NFL Careers forum in Orlando in February,” said King, via The Charlotte Observer. “They single out some of the better candidates who might find opportunity, and we get a chance to meet a lot of executives. I met Coach Rivera there. We kind of connected, and obviously I’m right next door.”

It serves as further progress for the NFL after the San Francisco 49ers hired a woman as a full-time coach in August