Indiana grad will be first female, openly gay coach in the Super Bowl

San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers watches warms up before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)
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MIAMI (WTHR) — The San Francisco 49ers' Assistant Coach Katie Sowers will make history this Super Bowl Sunday.

She will be the first female, openly gay coach to go to the Super Bowl, People reported.

“Takin our talents to south beach,” she wrote on a video she shared on Instagram after the 49ers beat the Packers.

According to People, Sowers is just the second woman to hold a full-time coaching position in the NFL. The first was Arizona Cardinals' Assistant Coach Jennifer Welter.

Sowers, who attended Goshen College in Indiana, is in her fourth season in the NFL and her second as 49er's coach. She was also the seasonal offensive assistant coach for the 49ers in 2017. She first joined the San Francisco team to work with the wide receivers as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship.

Before San Francisco, Bowers worked with the Atlanta Falcons. She was also previously the athletic director for the City of Kansas City. An athlete herself, Bowers is a former member of the 2013 U.S. Women's National Football team and has been a player in the Women's Football Alliance for eight years.

“No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are,” Sowers said in an interview with Outsports, “There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about their sexual orientation.

“The more we can create an environment that welcomes all types of people, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, the more we can help ease the pain and burden that many carry every day,” she added.

Super Bowl 54 is being held in Miami on Feb. 2.

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