Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh 'fired up' to have three women coaches on team

By Kailey Harmon | Posted 6/22/2018

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The Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes the male-dominated industry that football is will soon start to see more women.

"It’s a talent pool. You have a lot of very smart people in half the population," Harbaugh said.

Which is why the Ravens program welcomed three women coaches to the team for a summer apprenticeship.

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Lori ‘Lo’ Locust, a defensive lineman coach for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, a professional indoor team in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and defensive lineman coach for Susquehanna Township High, is one of the three women who were selected. Locust will be working with the Ravens’ defensive coaches. She has been coaching for 13 years at the high school and professional levels.

“I’ve been doing this so long that up here, in this area, people don’t look at me as a woman coach,” Locust said. “In a backwards way, I find that to be the highest compliment. I want to be seen as a coach first, then a woman. I’m a coach that happens to be a woman.”

The Susquehanna Township football program was glad to announce Locust’s achievement on their Twitter page.

Erica Vinson-Ondecko (Waynesboro High School) and Elena Grigelevich (Bryant University) are the other two women who are joining the Ravens this summer. Vinson-Ondecko will be working with Specialists Coach Randy Brown and Grigelevich is paired with the analytics team.

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This will be the first time in the Baltimore Ravens franchise history they’ve had women coaches. Harbaugh said he is excited about it.

"These are three coaches that are pioneering at their level – high school level, college level and professional level – that are going to come out and work with us and intern for us," Harbaugh said. "I’m fired up about it. I had a chance to get to know them just a little bit, and they’re sharp and very knowledgeable."

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