The first gay male coach in significant men’s pro sports is Jaguars assistant Kevin Maxen. Kevin Maxen of the Jaguars has made history by coming out as homosexual, being the first male coach in a prominent American men’s professional sport to do so. This comes over half a decade after Katie Sowers, a former assistant coach with the 49ers, became the first openly gay coach in the National Football League.
“I don’t want to feel like I have to think about it anymore,” Maxen said in an interview this week with Outsports.com. “I don’t want to feel as though I have to lie about who I am seeing or why I am living with someone else,” the speaker said. “I don’t want to feel like I have to.”
Maxen has been a member of the Jaguars coaching staff since 2021, and he is now one of the three assistant strength and conditioning coaches the organization has. Before that, he held positions as a strength coach at Baylor and Vanderbilt and played linebacker at the Division III level.
After Maxen’s announcement, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Shad Khan, was quoted by ESPN as saying, “Kevin is a Jacksonville Jaguar through and through, and a key member of our football team and community.” “I am looking forward to seeing Kevin the following week at training camp, and I hope that he will feel confident, free, and at peace each day that he comes to work during training camp and the rest of the season. I am sure that our players and staff share the same sentiment.
It has also been two years since Carl Nassib, a former linebacker for the Browns, Buccaneers, and Raiders, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Maxen’s revelation comes at the same time.