A Milestone Appointment for a Woman in College Football

Heather Marini was promoted to quarterbacks coach at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is the first woman to serve as a position coach in the history of NCAA Division I intercollegiate football.

Marini had been serving as an assistant coach for offensive quality control. Earlier, she was a scouting specialist for the New York Jets of the National Football League.

“Being the first doesn’t necessarily mean the only or the last,” Marini said. “There are so many other women coming through that I hope I’m not the [only] for very long.”

A native of Australia, Marini worked with the Monash Warriors Gridiron Club as the head coach for three seasons and as quarterbacks coach/coaching development for three years. Marini also played competitively for Gridiron Victoria Women’s Tackle Football.

Marini earned a bachelor’s degree in emergency health from Monash University in Melbourne and a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.

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