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1st African American Female NFL Coach Collette V Smith

1st African American Female NFL Coach Collette V Smith

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with the NFL’s first African-American female coach for the New York Jets, Collette Smith, on how she made franchise history.

As defensive backs coach during the NY Jets pre-season, Smith stands for determination and empowering others. As a young girl she always loved football, however she was never allowed to play. At the age of 42, she discovered a women’s pro football team on the internet. After she retired from the team, she started coaching and was involved in the marketing and PR for the team. Anyway she could be involved in football, she was.

Currently, she is the Director of Government and Community Relations for a new women’s league, the Women’s National Football Conference (WNFC). Through this, Smith is a huge advocate for women’s sports. There is a big presence where women are knowing more about this league and getting involved. In national football alone, 51% of viewership is from women, as well as apparel and purchasing tickets.

Smith created her own company, Believe N You, Inc., where she helps encourage other people through her experiences. She reaches out to others, visiting organizations, corporations, and schools, “For me, it’s about going to underserved communities and speaking to kids and to women about everything that they want to do.” She is all about putting your mind to something and pushing forward to be successful.

To learn more about Collette Smith and her company, Believe N You Inc., you can visit her website or check her out on Instagram.

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Lisa Marie Latino

Lisa Marie Falbo (Latino) is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched Hip New Jersey a lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the television show’s executive producer and host. Hip New Jersey can be seen on HometowneTV, NJ on Air and HipNewJersey.com. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and on WFAN Sports Radio. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later. In 2017, “TYL” won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo. Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication.

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