Katie Sowers, 49ers coaching intern, observes San Francisco 49ers practice at Levi's Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

Katie Sowers, the first female coach in 49ers history, is expected to remain on staff through the season after completing her internship Friday.

A season-long position on Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff would make her only the second full-time female assistant in NFL history, although details have yet to be finalized about her pending role.

Katie Sowers, observes practice at Levi’s Stadium last Saturday. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)

Last year, the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as their special teams quality control coach, and she was not retained by Sean McDermott after a coaching change this past offseason.

The 49ers declined to confirm Sowers’ status when reached for comment Saturday night.

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Sowers shared the news of her season-long appointment on her Facebook page. She emphasized how grateful she was to Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli for helping open her door into the NFL as an intern last summer with the Falcons, whose offensive coordinator was Kyle Shanahan, now the 49ers coach and Sowers’ boss.

“It’s groundbreaking and all that stuff, but the more normalized it is, the better it is,” Sowers, 31, told this newspaper last week about her then-role with the 49ers. “As a female, the more someone can ask me what I do and I say ‘I coach football,’ the less shock on their faces will mean the better direction we’re moving.”

As part of the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship, Sowers has worked with the 49ers wide receivers under passing game specialist Mike LaFleur, and it’s unclear if she will resume those duties or take on a generalized role.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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