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Collette V. Smith

Collette V. Smith

NFL’s 1st African American Female Coach in History 


Collette V. Smith is the Founder and President of Believe N You, Incorporated. She gained international notoriety when she became the NFL’s 1st African American female coach and the 1st female coach in NY Jets franchise history. Collette made her NFL coaching debut with the NY Jets defensive backs in 2017 during Training Camp. Read More >

Her professional football career started at the age of 42, playing for the New York Sharks, an allwomen's professional football team. After being sidelined by an injury, she served as Coach and Director of Marketing for the two Women’s Professional Football Leagues, the WFA and IWFL (Women’s Football League Association, Independent Women Football League).

Smith is currently affiliated with the WFLA, the only Women’s Professional Football League that pays their players and fosters an environment for female athletes to sustain healthy lifestyles through playing, coaching and participating in American Football at the Highest Level for Women. The League’s purpose, principals, and plans are rooted in creating the development of the most pristine women’s football product in the world.

Smith is an ambassador for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Up2UsSports, and the Voss Foundation which facilitates access to clean water for women in rural Africa. She is also an Official Wish Grantor with the Make A Wish Foundation. She has received numerous awards. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Organizational Leadership Series with Collette V. Smith: Female Empowerment

Speech Topics

Believe N You: Making Tomorrow Better, TODAY

Whether she's a keynote speaker or a workshop leader, Collette is dedicated to using HERSTORY to assist others in breaking through the barriers that limit them. Collette has proven that if you believe in yourself, you too can defy the odds that are stacked against you and achieve the impossible. Collette's audacious approach motivates individuals to tap into their inner strength in order to tackle the unthinkable. She is driven by passion, purpose, and the desire to see others win in life.