Mount Vernon Fitness Club Member Becomes First Division I Female Football Coach

Mount Vernon fitness club member and community native Callie Brownson has a lot to celebrate. Not only has she found a career that she is passionate about, but she is also the first female Division I college football coach! In September, she became the Offensive Quality Control coach at Dartmouth College.

A Passion For Football

Callie on the Fort Hunt Federals team

A football fan from a young age, Callie and her father Bruce (also a Mount Vernon fitness club member) would watch the Miami Hurricanes play every Sunday. It wasn’t until college, however, that her career on the field started.

From 2010 to 2017, Callie was a player on the D.C. Divas in the Women’s Football Alliance, where she helped the Divas win two national titles. During her time on the team, she was a five-time team captain and four-time All-American as a free safety and a running back. And if things couldn’t get any sweeter, her time on the Divas led to Callie becoming a two-time gold medalist with Team USA Women’s Football.

Mount Vernon fitness local on USA Women's Football team

Callie Brownson on the field with Team USA – Photo Courtesy of Mount Vernon Gazette

Callie’s first job in football was on the coaching staff at Mount Vernon High School, also her alma mater. She then became a college/professional personnel scouting intern with the New York Jets. During her internship, she set up workout drills for free agent tryouts, reviewed game film and helped evaluate current college upperclassmen who could potentially enter the draft.

An Offer of a Lifetime

Callie was just two weeks into a 2018 preseason internship with Dartmouth when Coach Buddy Teevens offered her a full-time position.

As Quality Control Assistant, Callie assists the other coaches in scouting opponents, planning practices and team operations.

“My dream has always been to work in football. My goal was never to be the first. My goal was to just live in a time where that was possible.”

-Callie Brownson

In a video produced by the Huffington Post, Callie offers her perspective on the game and breaking barriers to become the first female Division I college football coach:

Callie was quick to note that football is a “close knit” profession and getting a foot in the door can be a challenge, especially when she did not have the opportunity to play in high school. “It’s definitely very difficult for women because we don’t have the same feeder programs and opportunities that men do,” Callie commented. But there are people out there in the profession who want to change that, and Buddy Teevens is one of them. 

Callie is as good as anyone I’ve ever had in terms of her skill set, preparedness, attention to detail and passion,” Coach Teevens states on “Players came up to me after a few days of preseason wondering if I would consider hiring her.”

Callie is just one of the latest females to break into the world of football coaching. Jen Welter became the NFL’s first female coach in 2015 when she joined the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff.

Coming Home To Mount Vernon Fitness Club

Fitness is a family affair for long term MTVAC members Callie, her dad Bruce, and even her brother Brad who once worked at the front desk!

Shortly after Callie accepted the coaching position, Bruce shared her success with our very own Client Coordinator Brandon Coleman and expressed how proud he was of her accomplishments.  For Brandon, who was once a competitive college athlete in tennis, it was exciting to be able to celebrate the success of one of our long time members. Many of the staff at Mount Vernon Fitness Club are former competitive athletes or coaches and it’s one of the aspects that contributes to the positive atmosphere of the club.

As both a local high school crew coach and someone who has won many medals rowing competitively for the past 16 years – most recently on the Thames river in England, Gretchen Thompson, Assistant General Manager said,

“We are thrilled for Callie and are proud of her. While many clubs can say that they also have members who have a competitive drive to be great; its MTVAC’s inclusive, family friendly atmosphere, that inspires everyone from top athletes to those just learning how to be fit – and its truly what makes us unique.” 

– Gretchen Thompson, Assistant General Manager, Coach, and Master Trainer

Today, Callie is often seen at our Mount Vernon fitness club when she comes home to visit her old stomping grounds.

If there is one thing we all can learn from Callie’s success as the first female Division I college football coach, it is that no matter what our goal may be, we should not stop until we accomplish it!

And of course, the same is true for fitness. At MTVAC, we offer fitness classes, personal training, as well as weight loss training to help you meet your fitness goals, whatever they may be. We also have a wellness spa if you are looking for a little R&R. Not a member of MTVAC? You can get a FREE 7-day pass to try us out!

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