Tampa Bay Buccaneers become first NFL team with 2 full-time female assistant coaches

    Maral Javadifar, left, and Lori Locust will join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coaching staff.

    (CNN)When he was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, Bruce Arians made Jen Welter the first female NFL coach in history. Now, as head coach of Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arians has made two more significant hires.

    On Wednesday, the Buccaneers became the first NFL team to have two women as coaches on its staff, announcing the hiring of Maral Javadifar as assistant strength and conditioning coach and Lori Locust as assistant defensive line coach.
    Locust and Javadifar are the first full-time female coaches in Buccaneers' franchise history.
      "I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football," Arians said.
      "Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity. The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff.
      Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians speaks at a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on  February 27, 2019.