Dr. Jen Welter

Jen Welter
Dr. Jen Welter
Speaker, Coach and Football Player



Moving one yard at a time: How one woman became an NFL coach


Jen vividly remembers wearing an oversized helmet and playing football in the yard with her family when she was three years old. Even then, football was a passion for Dr. Jen Welter. In a provocative and inspiring voice, Jen shares her willingness to follow her passion for football which paved her path right into the NFL. She discusses her successes through powerful storytelling that showcase her inspiring journey, all the while bringing the characters in her story to life.


Dr. Jen Welter is the first female to coach in the NFL. She served as an intern linebackers coach for the Arizona Cardinals. Welter's time at the Cardinals has been defined by the bond she has fostered with the players. But this is not the first time Welter's was the first to do something. In February 2015 she became the first woman to coach in a men's professional football league, when she served as linebacker and special teams coach for the Indoor Football League's Texas Revolution. Prior to that, in January 2014 Welter became the first woman to play running back in a men's professional football season, when she signed with the Revolution.

Welter holds a doctorate degree in Psychology and Master's in Sport Psychology. She has 18 years of experience in fitness, professional athlete and has provided expert advice on a wide range of topics in fitness and sports. Her background provides her with a unique insight—both as a player and academic—into the power of sport. Her on-field experience dates back to her time on the rugby pitch at Boston College. She is a veteran of several women's professional and semi-professional football teams and a member of the 2010 and 2013 gold medal-winning USA Team at the International Federation of American Football's (IFAF) Women's World Championship.

Ultimately, Welter is a team player. Devoted to those she plays with and coaches. Those who played for her years ago still call her Coach to this day. Welter has spoken to a variety of audiences about her experiences, the power of sport and the mental acuity it takes to achieve what other may say is impossible.

Welter graduated with a B.S. from Boston College, followed by a Master's in Sport Psychology and PhD in Psychology from Capella University.