An NFL trailblazer has reached a brand new peak in her profession.
The Denver Broncos have employed Kelly Kleine as their govt director of soccer operations and particular advisor to the final supervisor, the workforce introduced Monday.
Kleine follows new Broncos common supervisor George Paton from Minnesota, the place she spent the final decade with the Vikings and final 9 years in Minnesota’s scouting division whereas working below Paton. Kleine rose from public relations intern to supervisor of participant personnel and faculty scout with the Vikings, masking the Midwest area for the Vikings whereas additionally serving as the purpose individual for all off-site scouts, dealing with scheduling and facilitation of pre-draft visits and coordinating Minnesota’s efforts at all-star video games and the NFL Scouting Mix alongside the best way.
She is believed to be the highest-ranking girl in scouting within the historical past of the NFL.
“Kelly is a rising star within the NFL, and we’re lucky so as to add somebody of her caliber to the Denver Broncos,” Paton mentioned in a press release from the workforce. “Having labored along with her for 9 years in Minnesota, Kelly has a robust understanding of all facets of soccer operations and participant analysis together with excellent management qualities. She will likely be an incredible useful resource along with her expertise on the professional and faculty sides in addition to her data of our grading scale and soccer calendar.”
Kleine spoke with NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz for a March section throughout Girls’s Historical past Month wherein she described her rise by way of the scouting ranks and her duties with the Vikings, telling Ruiz she particularly loved doing the in-depth work related to attending to know faculty prospects forward of the draft past their on-field capabilities.
Kleine’s transition to Denver must be seamless, as she’ll be becoming a member of a entrance workplace run in the identical vogue as Minnesota’s throughout Paton’s time there. Like Paton’s ascension to the function of common supervisor with the Broncos, Kleine takes on a higher function in Denver, setting a brand new commonplace for ladies in scouting within the NFL