Catherine Raiche is set to join the Tampa Bay XFL franchise in a front office role, per sources.
Marc Trestman was recently named head coach and general manager and he’s begun assembling a staff for the Tampa Bay team. Raiche and Trestman spent the 2018 season together with the Toronto Argonauts.
Raiche resigned from the Montreal Alouettes in December 2017 and accepted the director, football administration position with the Argos. She had been granted permission to pursue other opportunities in advance of leaving Montreal.
The University of Sherbrooke graduate was hired by Jim Popp, then-Als GM and current Argos general manager, as an unpaid intern in 2015. Following the season, Popp offered her a paid job as coordinator of football administration. She has a law degree and was admitted to the Quebec Bar Association in 2012. She practised corporate and tax law for three years at the law firm Gascon & Associates but left the firm to join the Alouettes.
When Kavis Reed replaced Popp as Alouettes general manager before the 2017 season, he promoted Raiche to assistant general manager responsible for daily operations, managing the salary cap, determining the value of players and handling contractual duties.
Raiche was the first female assistant general manager in the CFL since 1988 when Jo-Anne Polak held that position with the Ottawa Rough Riders. Polak it’s believed was the first woman to hold that job title in any pro sports franchise across North America. Raiche has gone on the record stating that her goal is to be a general manager one day.
Raiche made waves in the football world by rising to the assistant GM position in Montreal and now her pro football management career has led to the United States.