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Katie Sowers wins her first game back on NFL sideline, returns to coaching college

The trailblazing coach was working this summer as a coaching intern for the Chiefs.

Super Bowl LIV - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs
Katie Sowers is returning to coaching women’s college flag football after a summer with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Katie Sowers was on the sidelines Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory over her former team, the San Francisco 49ers. Sowers has since thanked the Chiefs on Twitter for a great summer and announced her return to coaching women’s college flag football.

That must have been pretty sweet.

This preseason, Sowers was working as a coaching intern for the Chiefs as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. She was present for Kansas City’s minicamp and offseason workout programs, meaning she’s been able to observe how Andy Reid, one of the most accomplished coaches in NFL history, prepares his team for the season.

Not too shabby.

Earlier this month, Sowers praised Reid and her experience so far. “Learning from the best to ever do it,” she tweeted Aug. 6.

On Saturday, Sowers was seen jotting down notes and coaching up various players. She was an offensive assistant for the 49ers from 2017-20, becoming the first female and out gay coach in Super Bowl history.

The Chiefs defeated the 49ers 19-16.

Sowers’ presence on the field Saturday is a testament to her resilience. After parting ways with the 49ers earlier this year, she returned home to the Kansas City area and helped her sister coach a local university’s women’s flag football team.

On Sunday, Sowers tweeted that she is going to return to coaching the Ottawa Univ. women’s flag football team.

In a Pride Month interview with our Cyd Zeigler, Sowers said the experience reaffirmed her desire to get back to the NFL.

“When I left San Francisco and came back to Kansas City I had felt somewhat like I didn’t know if I was still on the right path,” she said. “I had a lot of questions about my future. My sister’s flag team, I got involved with them and they became my chosen family.”

Sowers wasn’t on the flag football circuit for long, joining the Chiefs in May. Throughout her time in San Francisco, players and coaches spoke glowingly about her football acumen.

“Coach Sowers is incredible,” said star tight end George Kittle at Super Bowl LIV, via ABC 7. “Her work ethic is incredible.”

Sowers says she stays in touch with many Niners players, despite leaving the organization in January. “I still keep in contact with them and I care deeply about how they’re doing,” she told Zeigler.

The widespread respect Sowers enjoys across the league illustrates just how good she is at her job.

Spending her preseason with the Chiefs, a preeminent Super Bowl favorite, is a great way for Sowers to remind everybody about that.