Openly Lesbian Coach Katie Sowers' Personal Life, Family Details

By Staff Writer | Published On: 10 Feb, 2020
Openly Lesbian Coach Katie Sowers' Personal Life, Family Details

American sports personality Katie Sowers is serving as an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers since 2017. She is also known as the first LGBTQ coach in the NFL after she came out openly lesbian in 2017.

With a long contribution to American football, she has received a lot of honors and awards, including the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Championship while playing for the US national women’s American football team.

Katie Sowers’ Wiki-Like-Bio: Age & Family

Katie Sowers was born on 7 August 1986 in Hesston, Kansas, USA. She is the daughter of Floyd Sowers and mother, Bonnie Sowers, along with her twin sister, Liz Sowers. Her twin sister, Liz, is also a football player. She has an elder sister too, named Stephanie Sankar, who is married.

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Additionally, her father worked for a long time as a women’s basketball coach at Bethel College, and her mother worked for nearly four decades as the director of the Hesston College Nursing program.

Furthermore, Katie graduated from Goshen College in Indiana and gained her master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Central Missouri in 2012.


Katie Sowers openly came out as a lesbian in 2017 while interviewing with the Outsports. Talking to the magazine, she said,

“No matter what you do in life, one of the most important things is to be true to who you are. There are so many people who identify as LGBT in the NFL, as in any business, that do not feel comfortable being public about sexual orientation.”

With the revelation, she became the first openly LGBTQ coach in the NFL as well as the first openly gay and a female coach to lead the team to a Super Bowl.


Katie Sowers is in a relationship with a girl named Cara. 

On a Twitter post, dated 23 September 2019, she wrote that her girlfriend, Cara, had talked about their relationship with her grandmother. Katie also posted an admiring handwritten-letter from Cara’s grandmother, where she praised the couple’s relationship.

Interesting Facts: 

  • After Katie Sowers graduated from the Goshen College in Indiana, she applied for an unpaid volunteer coaching position at the college but she was rejected due to her lifestyle.

  • Her mother wanted her to play basketball but she chose football. She began to play football at the age of eight.

  • She played pro football in the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) for eight years for the West Michigan Mayhem and the Kansas City Titans until she retired in 2016 because of a hip injury. During her time at WFA, she helped lead the US to the women’s world title and a gold medal in 2013.

  • NFL executive, Scott Pioli was so impressed by Katie when his daughter played on her team that he offered Katie a job with the Atlanta Falcons through a coaching diversity fellowship.