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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Lori Locust, Maral Javadifar As Full-Time Assistant Coaches

On Wednesday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made headlines when the team announced it had hired two female assistant coaches for the upcoming NFL season.

The Buccaneers announced that Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar are the new additions to head coach Bruce Arians’ staff. Arians announced the move earlier today, but did not initially name the two coaches.

After serving as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Arians is in his first year as the head coach of the Buccaneers. He didn’t wait long to make two splash hires.

Here’s what he had to say about the move.

“I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football. 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.”

Javadifar will serve as assistant strength and conditioning coach and Locust as assistant defensive line coach.

The latter worked as the defensive line coach in the Alliance of American Football this year before taking a step up.

Locust spent the first few weeks of the AAF season as an assistant coach for the Birmingham Iron.

Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar are the new Bucs assistant coaches

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians announced during a radio appearance on Wednesday that the team has hired a pair of female assistant coaches for his 2019 staff, but did not share their names.

Those names have now come to light. The Buccaneers announced that Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar are the new additions to Arians’ staff. Locust will be an assistant defensive line coach and Javadifar will be an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

“I have known Lori going back to my days at Temple University and I’ve seen firsthand just how knowledgeable and passionate she is about this game,” Arians said in a statement. “I was equally impressed with Maral’s background in performance training and physical therapy and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program.”

Locust, who graduated from Temple, has been on the staff of the AAF’s Birmingham Iron as their defensive line coach during the league’s inaugural season. She was an intern with the Ravens at training camp last year, has coached in the National Arena League and played in a semi-pro women’s league.

Javadifar is a physical therapist and trainer who has spent time at VCU and the University of Virginia.

Lori Locust hired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Harrisburg native will be assistant defensive line coach

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Lori Locust has been hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Harrisburg native and Temple University alum will be the team’s assistant defensive line coach.

New head coach Bruce Arians also brought Maral Javadifar on as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Both hires were announced Wednesday night.

“I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football,” Arians said in a team statement.

“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.”

Locust most recently was the defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF. Last year, she was a defensive coaching intern for the Baltimore Ravens during the team’s training camp and she was the defensive line/linebackers coach and co-special teams coordinator for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League in 2017-2018. A former PennLive advertising employee, she graduated from Susquehanna Township High School and played semi-professional football before starting her coaching career.

“I have known Lori going back to my days at Temple University and I’ve seen firsthand just how knowledgeable and passionate she is about this game,” Arians said.

“I was equally impressed with Maral’s background in performance training and physical therapy and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program.”

It’s unclear how many teams now employ full-time female assistant coaches, but the number has been on the rise in recent years.

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