West Virginia native Autumn Lockwood will become the first Black female to coach in the Super Bowl when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Lockwood is currently a sports conditioning coach with the Eagles. It is her first season with the Eagles. “So proud of the guys and how hard they work day in and day out and how hard they play for each other,” she wrote on Instagram after the Eagles won the NFC Championship Game.
Before joining the Eagles staff in 2022, Lockwood served as the coordinator of sports performance at the University of Houston. She also worked at East Tennessee State, the Atlanta Falcons, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a strength and conditioning assistant.
Lockwood, from Morgantown, West Virginia, played soccer at the University of Arizona. After her graduation from the university, she worked as a student sports information director and Olympic strength and conditioning paid intern at the university, according to West Virginia News.
Lockwood will now be the fourth woman to coach in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl, which will take place in Glendale, Arizona, will also see two Black athletes making history. It will be the first championship contest in NFL history to feature two Black starting quarterbacks — the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts.