Art Shell is not actually the first black head coach in the NFL. Fritz Pollard became the first head coach in NFL in 1922 when he recruited players for Brown Bombers. Art Shell is the first modern-day NFL head coach, but not technically the first ever.
In the modern era, yes.Fritz Pollard was a player/coach of the 1921 Akron Pros and would be considered the first African American head coach in NFL history.
There are several possible answers: College: There were black coaches as soon as the historically black colleges and universities started playing football. Clarence Matthews was the coach of Tuskegee University in 1893, he may have been the first. NFL: In the early days of the NFL, the job of coach was usually filled by a player on the team. And there were a handful of black NFL players between 1919 and 1933. Hall of Famer Fritz Pollard was a co-coach on the 1919 Akron Pros, and then coached the 1925 Hammond Pros. FBS College: The first black coach of a Division I-A school (now called FBS) was Willie Jeffries, who was named the head coach at Wichita State in 1979. Wichita State eliminated their football team in 1986. NFL Modern: The first modern black NFL coach was Art Shell, who was promoted to head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders on October 4, 1989.
Art Shell became the first African American NFL head coach of the modern era when he was hired by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1989.
Oklahoma has no NFL team.No black NFL head coach has been a native of Oklahoma, although 3 were born in Texas. The hometowns of assistant coaches are not immediately available.
There has never been a female coach period in the nfl.