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Browns add two women to scouting department

The Browns added two women to the scouting department this month, continuing the push for diversity in the football department.

Riley Hecklinski was hired as a scouting assistant and Kathleen Wood as a scouting fellow, a team spokesman confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Saturday.

Callie Brownson is coach Kevin Stefanski’s chief of staff and the first woman in franchise history with coaching duties. Megan Rock was recently promoted to player personnel coordinator by new general manager Andrew Berry.

Hecklinski was a softball player at Indiana State, worked for the Senior Bowl and in recruiting at the University of Kansas.

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Wood was the first female scout for the Senior Bowl last year. She worked as a private investigator for 16 years before switching gears and attempting to enter the scouting world. She’s been a fellow/intern with the Bills and Eagles.

“Kathleen’s list of references included numerous NFL general managers and it did not take long to realize how passionate and knowledgeable she is about the game of football,” Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy wrote in a statement announcing the staff last year. “The Reese’s Senior Bowl is committed to diversity and inclusion and we hope Kathleen’s experience with us this season will help her reach her ultimate goal of becoming a full-time NFL scout.”

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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