By: Rick Bender
HANOVER, N.H. — When the Washington Football Team and the Cleveland Browns hit the gridiron on Sunday, they will play in the first NFL regular-season game in which a female coach will be on both sidelines as a female officiates the contest. It just so happens that both coaches — Cleveland’s Callie Brownson and Washington’s Jennifer King — got their first full-time coaching experience at Dartmouth College under Buddy Teevens, the Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach for the Big Green.
Brownson spent the 2018-19 season at Dartmouth as the offensive quality control coach, helping the Green post a 9-1 record overall, a 6-1 mark in the Ivy League and a final ranking in the top 20 of both FCS polls. Dartmouth was among the top 20 nationally in several offensive statistical rankings that year as well: third in completion percentage, second in fewest interceptions thrown, fourth in fourth-down conversion percentage, sixth in fewest sacks allowed and eighth in passing efficiency. The Big Green also ended the year 11th in rushing and 17th in scoring among FCS schools.
King joined the Dartmouth staff for the following campaign last fall as a quality control coach. The Big Green posted an identical 9-1 overall mark and 6-1 record in Ivy play, earning a share of the conference crown. It was the program’s 19th league title, the most of any Ancient Eight team. Once again, Dartmouth finished the year among the top 25 in the FCS while ranking highly in a number of statistical categories, including completion percentage (second), pass efficiency (second) and third-down conversion percentage (third) on offense, plus scoring defense (second), red zone defense (second), rushing defense (ninth) and total defense (14th) on the other side of the ball.
Both Brownson and King began their careers through the NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum, a league diversity program launched in 2017. Since its inception, 118 career opportunities have emerged for participants through connections they have made through the forum.