Kelsey Martinez is breaking down barriers in the Oakland Raiders organization. This week, Jon Gruden announced that Martinez has been added to his staff which makes her the first female assistant coach in Raiders history. Martinez serves as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, making her the only current female S&C coach in the NFL. The first female strength and conditioning coach in NFL history was Lee Brandon, who was on the New York Jets coaching staff in 1990.
Martinez joins San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant Katie Sowers and Buffalo Bills special teams quality control coach Kathryn Smith as female assistants in the league.
The 26-year-old Martinez graduated from Colorado State.
“Don’t create limits on yourself,” Martinez said, via the Las Vegas Review Journal. “There’s many excuses or whatever that can be made, but at the end of the day, what do you love to do? I was able to find what I love to do, and that’s working for Jon Gruden every day. ‘Do you love football?’ That’s his number one question. Do you love football? Do you love what you do? Why limit yourself or who you are if that’s what you want?
“I didn’t let that try to ever stop me. More than anything, I’m thinking of how young I am coming in here versus me being a girl. You can’t limit yourself.”
More photos of Martinez can be seen below.
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The Raiders officially kickoff their 2018-19 regular season on Monday, Sept. 10 against the Los Angeles Rams. Kickoff at O.co Coliseum is set for 10:20 p.m. ET on ESPN as the second half of a Monday Night Football doubleheader.