Women coaching men is nothing new in north Alabama

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Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) - July 2015 will go down as one of the greatest months in women's sports history. The United States National Soccer Team won the World Cup and Serena Williams won her 6th Wimbledon title.  Becky Hammon then led the San Antonio Spurs to a summer league championship as the NBA's first female coach.  Arguably the most significant breakthough for women in the sports world came in Arizona where the Cardinals hired Jen Welter as a coaching intern for training camp.

"I didn't even dream that it was possible and the beauty of this is that though it's a dream I never had, now it's a dream other girls can have," Welter said at her introductory press conference.

Crystal Harris remembers the moment she first heard the news. "I saw it online and I'm excited to see that barrier get broken a little bit. Show people that we know things also," Harris said before beginning a training session in Huntsville. Crystal is one of the most respected athletic trainers in north Alabama, having worked with football players like Darian Stewart and Rolando McClain.

Harris has been helping to break down a very real stigma among male athletes that females shouldn't be a part of coaching a men's game.

"We're knowledgeable in the game and we can teach learn and perform like anyone else," Harris said.

She admits coaching football and athletic training are different, but motivating athletes is a skill both sexes can possess.