The President went on to reference Vice President Kamala Harris — the nation’s first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president — as he sought to explain the importance of representation in powerful positions.
“I don’t know how many, when I picked a Black woman to be vice president, I don’t know how many hundreds of thousands of little girls just said, ‘I can do that.’ … It matters, it matters,” the President said. “And I don’t understand why they cannot find, because they exist, so many African American coaches that are qualified, that should be in the pros in my view.”
All three of the team’s coordinators — defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong — are Black. So is assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin.
The Buccaneers are also the only team that has two full-time assistant coaches that are women — assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust and assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar. Additionally, Tampa Bay’s front office includes Jacqueline Davidson, the team’s director of football research, and Carly Helfand, a scouting assistant.
“This is unique. This is different. This is not the norm. This is not the norm of how this league and how the coaching staff looks across the league.”