Bills Name Sophia Lewin as Offensive Assistant, Hire 3 More Women to Staff

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 20, 2021

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: A general view of a helmet worn by a Buffalo Bills player against the Seattle Seahawks at Bills Stadium on November 8, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills hired Sophia Lewin and Andrea Gosper to full-time positions on their support staff.

Lewin has been brought aboard as an offensive assistant, with Gosper will work as a player personnel coordinator. In addition to their arrivals, Mechelle Geeter and Nikki Donoff joined as interns.

ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques noted all four took part in the Women's Careers in Football Forum, an effort by the NFL to increase the number of women employed across the league.

Sam Rapoport, an NFL director of football development, broke the news of Lewin's hiring on Tuesday.

Sam Rapoport @samrap10

The @BuffaloBills hire Princeton’s @sophia_lewin as full-season offensive assistant coach. <br><br>🙌, Coach Lewin. #forwardprogress pic.twitter.com/CemWPUgO3K

Lewin had prior experience with the Bills as a training camp assistant before joining Princeton's staff as an offensive quality control coach in February 2020.

The Bills confirmed Gosper's promotion on Tuesday as well. She had spent the previous two seasons as a scouting intern for the organization. 

General manager Brandon Beane spoke highly of her work behind the scenes:

"She just brings a great perspective. She played college sports, she was college softball player. There are certain times where you want to ask her, 'How would an athlete feel? How does that look from your perspective?' Obviously she brings the female perspective and sometimes us men are blinded to certain things. She's a grinder. I don't know anybody that's put more hours in this building than her in the last two years. She loves it, you can see it. She's just fired up to come in here."

Speaking with ESPN's John Keim last August, Bills co-owner Kim Pegula explained how she wanted to emphasize diversity within the franchise. She said the Bills had 30 full-time female employees, including three in football-related jobs, when she and husband Terry Pegula purchased the team in 2014. Those numbers had climbed to 50 and five, respectively, in the years since.

"I can't take all credit for the growth, but I do believe a female presence in football meetings, representing the organization and being visible as a key decision-maker, is beneficial," Kim Pegula said.