Quebecer Catherine Raîche breaks glass ceiling in the NFL


Kelly Kleine, hired by the Denver Broncos in May as director of football operations and special advisor to the general manager, was until then the woman who held the most senior position on the staff of one of the 32 teams on the Goodell Circuit. .

Catherine Raîche, 32, joined the Eagles in 2019 as the Football Operations and Player Staff Coordinator after making her mark in the Canadian League (CFL).

Trainee with the Montreal Alouettes in 2015, she became the team’s football administration coordinator the following year. Then, in 2017, she was appointed Deputy Managing Director, a first for a woman in this circuit.

In 2018, she followed former Alouettes GM Jim Popp to Toronto and was director of football administration for the Argonauts.

She took on a new challenge in the spring of 2019 as director of football operations for the Tampa Bay-based XFL roster, led by former Alouettes coach Marc Trestman. A few months later, she made the jump to the NFL with the Eagles.

In her new role, the 32-year-old Montrealer will be involved in all spheres of Eagles football operations, including professional and university recruiting, contract management, player and staff development, as well as football research.

Catherine Raîche, lawyer by profession, holds a law degree from the University of Sherbrooke and holds a master’s degree in taxation.

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