It’s been a lot of “firsts” for Black women this year and we’re only one month in! On Wednesday, Shine My Crown reported that Nicole Lynn has officially become the first Black woman to represent an NFL player in the Super Bowl. And now, it has been confirmed that Coach Autumn Lockwood will become the first Black woman to coach during a Super Bowl, joining the Philadelphia Eagles on the field at Super Bowl LVII.
“What an achievement,” the NFL posted about the feat.
Lockwood made the announcement on Twitter as well, and took time to honor “all women in sports that have led the way and have been the light for me and so many others” on National Women and Girls in Sports Day.
Scores of Twitter users chimed in as well including the legendary boxing ring announcer, Michael Buffer.
“Meet Autumn Lockwood-assistant coach for @Eagles. I had brief chat w/her on field before a game and watched her put players through stretches/warmups! The players listen & know she’s the best! #LetsGetReadyToRumble”
“Trailblazer. @ArizonaSoccer letterwinner Autumn Lockwood, a Sports Performance Coach with the Eagles, will become the first Black woman to 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 coach in the Super Bowl.”
“Autumn Lockwood. That’s it. That’s the tweet.”
Lockwood is also the fourth woman to coach a Super Bowl game overall. The first woman was Katie Sowers, who coached the San Francisco 49ers during their Super Bowl appearance in 2020.
Lockwood currently works as an assistant sports performance coach for the Eagles and began with the team last year August. She formerly worked at the University of Houston and East Tennessee State University, and has interned with the Atlanta Falcons and Nike.
Super Bowl LVII will star the Eagles who will go up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 12.
Way to go, Autumn!