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.
And yes, I do mean the best. I’ve been around a lot of good coaches.. but when it comes to not only the scheme but also creating a positive culture for everyone in the organization.. this man knows how to be a true leader of people..he knows how to bring the best out of everyone— Katie Sowers (@KatieSowers) August 7, 2021
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.
Hesston, KS native Katie Sowers getting some recognition on the broadcast tonight.— Alec Ausmus (@A_Twice3) August 15, 2021
She joined the Chiefs coaching staff this offseason. pic.twitter.com/Nmzz1GPMRb
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.
Thank you to the @Chiefs for an amazing summer. But happy to say that I’m back to coaching my Ottawa Braves @wflagfootball … looking for that repeat. Let’s keep growing the game for women.— Katie Sowers (@KatieSowers) August 15, 2021
OU FlagFootballFinals - eMVee Creative https://t.co/yxz9FHtTSr via @YouTube
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.