I had a chance to speak with former Montreal Alouettes General Manager Catherine Raiche for my TSN 690 Radio show this weekend (interview audio). The funny thing is my producer Dave Trentadue actually booked her prior to the announcement this week that she had joined the front office of the Toronto Argonauts. So when the news broke we circled back and double-checked with her that she was still open to coming on the program. We touched on a variety of issues in the radio conversation, including her departure from the Alouettes, recent comments about her by former Als employee Joey Abrams and her new role with Toronto.
On her Argos hiring, Raiche asserted right off the bat that everything was done according to the CFL rules, which I found a little odd. We didn’t ask her if any rules were followed, or if Toronto followed hiring procedures. So that made me feel like perhaps she had an eye on following Popp to the Argonauts well before her resignation.
Next, Raiche responded to Abrams’ opinion that Catherine might have been promoted too fast in Montreal if she reportedly wanted to be in on the head coach hiring process. She said she had nothing to do with that aspect of operations and that it was simply an untrue report.
The league’s first female Assistant GM reflected on her time with Montreal, revealing that poor results on the field taught her how to work through adversity, that it was her biggest takeaway from the Alouettes.
When prompted to comment on working with Kavis Reed, Raiche called Reed a very hard worker in a tough situation.
A lawyer by trade, Raiche did express a desire to one day become a CFL GM, but that it was a goal for down the road. She explained her Director of Football Administration role with the Argonauts as being involved in day-to-day operations, player contracts, salary cap management and football logistics. Raiche will be working closely with both GM Jim Popp and Assistant General Manager Spencer Zimmerman, even taking on some scouting assignments, acknowledging that she needs to grow her talent evaluation skills.
One exciting element about joining the Argonauts for Raiche is the involvement of MLSE, as she believes that it will only benefit her and the team to be around seasoned sports management executives, and to have additional resources at their disposal.
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