The Falcons are almost never done tinkering with their roster or their front office. Unsurprisingly, then, they’ve made two new hires on the personnel side.
News: The @AtlantaFalcons have hired two women to work in the personnel department under GM Thomas Dimitroff. Kjahna O and Shelly Harvey are full-time employees, and will each complete a rotation in scouting assistant and scouting coordinator roles. | @TheAthleticNFL— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) July 6, 2020
If your first thought is “this is a publicity move,” kindly can it. The Falcons employed Hannah Burnett for over a year and we legitimately knew nothing about it until the Giants scooped her up to be the team’s first female regional scout in their 95 year history. Burnett earned that opportunity because of her work with the Falcons, per ESPN, “where she worked as a liaison between players, agents and schools to schedule workouts; watched college tape; and attended pro days, bowl games and the NFL scouting combine.” They’re effectively doubling the number of women hired for personnel roles in 2020—the Browns also made one hire—but they’re clearly happy with what Burnett brought to the table and hoping O and Harvey will follow that same path.
The two will rotate between scouting assistant and scouting coordinator roles. We don’t know exactly what the Falcons will ask of their new hires in those roles, but scouting assistant is a major junior, formless position with duties that can range from office work to traveling to college games, while scouting coordinator typically involves some level of collecting, filtering and organizing scouting information and scouts themselves.
Both hires are joining the Falcons out of college. O has a Master’s degree in sports management from the University of South Carolina, where she also worked in operations for the Gamecocks and as a volunteer at the Belk Bowl. Harvey was the on-campus recruiting coordinator for Tulane last year, per SI’s Christian Crittenden, and was a recruiting intern at both LSU and Houston.
Welcome both aboard and hope they’re part of a great season and offseason in Atlanta, if you would.