By Dillon Thomas

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado State University graduate has been hired as the first female assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders, according to the franchise.

Kelsey Martinez (credit: Oakland Raiders)

Kelsey Martinez, a native of Pueblo, was hired by the Raiders organization as the Strength and Conditioning Assistant Coach.

Martinez, a graduate of CSU in 2015, spent several years working under staff associated with the Oakland Raiders.

Martinez is the second Rams alumna to make waves in a professional men’s sports league in recent years. Becky Hammon, a former star basketball player at CSU, was the first full-time female assistant coach in the NBA.

Becky Hammon #25 of the San Antonio Stars thanks fans during her final WNBA game at Target Center on July 25, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

She still coaches for the San Antonio Spurs under Greg Popovich, and was recently interviewed for the head coaching position with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Dillon Thomas is a reporter at CBS4 and a Colorado native. He believes everyone has a story, and would love to share yours! You can find more of his stories by following him on Twitter, @DillonMThomas.


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