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Sport49ers' Katie Sowers says one team wanted to hire her, except it 'wasn't ready' for a woman

01:55  14 august  2019
01:55  14 august  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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The San Francisco 49 ers hired Katie Sowers as an assistant coach for the 2017 season, making her the Sowers is making history in the league, so here are some important things to know about her before She says she was turned down for a coaching position because of her sexual orientation.

Twins Katie and Liz Sowers would finish up Sunday dinner (aka . lunch) Shanahan hired her last fall for a job that includes working with receivers, breaking down film and assisting with practice scripts. As for the matter of whether Sowers might be considered a trailblazer, Shanahan preferred to talk

Katie Sowers is in her third NFL training camp as a San Francisco 49ers coach — this year as an offensive assistant — yet it wasn’t easy for the former Women’s Football Alliance player to get there.

49ers' Katie Sowers says one team wanted to hire her, except it 'wasn't ready' for a woman© Provided by Oath Inc. Katie Sowers said a team denied her a position because it wasn't ready for a woman on staff. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Sowers recounted her entry into the NFL coaching ranks with Kristine Leahy on Tuesday’s Fair Game on Fox Sports 1 and shared that one unnamed NFL executive told her his team wasn’t ready for a female coach.

Part of the reasoning had to do with an employee’s question about a desk.

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Earlier this month, Katie Sowers became just the second woman hired by an NFL team as a full-time coach. Of her experience with the Falcons, Sowers said , “ I could not have asked for a more open minded and I never once felt judged and I was treated just like anyone would want to be treated: as

Sowers: NFL team ‘wasn’t ready’ for female coach

Sowers was Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship recipient during the 2016 training camp with the Atlanta Falcons. She joined the 49ers the following year as a fellow, working with wide receivers during camp, and was hired full-time for the season.

That job offer, she told Leahy, came after another team refused her employment despite really liking her because it wasn’t ready to have a woman on staff.

Sowers told NPR the story in March and said the interview went “extremely well.

“He said that they were actually shocked by how much they really liked me and said they would love to maybe open up opportunities for me down the road, but at that moment that they weren't ready to have a female on staff.”

This stance came in part because of one employee’s absolutely bizarre concern about desks. Sowers told Leahy:

"[The unnamed team executive] went on to say that one of the coaches came up to him and said, 'Where are we going to put her desk?' He said, 'Where we put everyone else's desk.' But that was another indicator to him that this organization is far from being ready."

You put her desk with all the other desks in the department she’s working. Crazy!

Politically correct? Sowers wants the honesty

There’s no reason organizations shouldn’t be ready to hire a qualified individual to the staff who happens to be a woman. But for all the progress that’s made, there are still places that can’t handle it.

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The 49 ers did not hire Sowers , 31, to be an offensive assistant working with wide receivers because she is a woman or gay. I always knew I wanted to be a coach but it wasn ’ t until I found football later in life when I realized that although the road was way less traveled, I wanted to coach football.

Katie Sowers (left) talks with another 49 ers staff member before Saturday’s preseason game against Denver at Levi’s Stadium. The team did not provide additional comment Tuesday. Sowers ’ revelation makes her unique in a league where only one player, defensive end Michael Sam, has come out as

Sowers, 33, took the comments well enough and has good perspective on it.

"Although I hated hearing that, I loved the honesty. Because it meant that the words that he was saying was coming from the foundation of ignorance of the organization. But he understood the ignorance. Oftentimes we get caught up in what's politically correct and hearing all these words that make us feel better ... when often it could be lies. I'd rather hear the truth and hear the ignorance because that’s where we create change. It’s not the words that we need to change, it’s the mindset.”

It’s wrong, but if a leader is smart enough to recognize the ignorance inside his or her organization, it’s the decent thing to avoid putting a woman in that bad situation. Her time with this particular team would likely have been difficult for her and there’s no need for that. The turmoil to come out of it could have ruined her passion for the sport for life. It also could have set women back if other teams pointed to it and used it as their reasoning to not hire women.

Again, none of that should be a part of society in this day and age. And the team executive pushed her in the direction of the 49ers, where she is thriving. What’s his loss is another team’s gain.

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Earlier this month, Katie Sowers became just the second woman hired by an NFL team as a full-time coach. Of her experience with the Falcons, Sowers said , “ I could not have asked for a more open minded and I never once felt judged and I was treated just like anyone would want to be treated: as

49 ers coach Kyle Shanahan explained that Sowers did such a good job during her internship, the team wanted to keep her after her internship was over. “We loved having her around. She was eager to learn it , she has played professional football in a women ’s league in the United States for a while and

Sowers told NPR in March this executive told her he felt the situation with head coach Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers was a “better situation for me not to pass up that opportunity.

“What teams will start to find is it's really not different to have a woman on staff. It's just like everybody else. But it's new.”

Sowers was the second female coach hired as a full-time coach in NFL history, joining Kathryn Smith. Smith was hired by the Buffalo Bills in 2016.

Sowers represented the U.S. and helped the team win the women’s football world title and gold medal in 2013.

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