Canadian Catherine Raiche continues to make headway in the NFL.
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter: Catherine Raiche, the Eagles VP of football operations – believed to be the most senior-ranking team personnel position a woman has held in the NFL – has been requested to interview for the Vikings GM job, per source. Susan Tose Spencer was first female GM in NFL history in 1983.
Last May Raiche was promoted to vice president of football operations by the Philadelphia Eagles. In that role, she has been be involved in all areas of football operations and player personnel, including pro and college scouting, contract management, player and staff development, and football research. She previously served as the Eagles football operations and player personnel coordinator for two seasons.
Before joining the Eagles, the 33-year-old spent five years in the Canadian Football League working for the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes, including holding the title of assistant general manager with the Als.
She was hired by Jim Popp, then-Alouettes GM, as an unpaid intern in 2015. Following the season, Popp offered her a paid job as coordinator of football administration. When Kavis Reed replaced Popp before the 2017 season, he promoted Raiche to assistant GM 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 was the first woman to hold the GM title with 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.
The Montreal native has a law degree from the University of Sherbrooke 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 to achieve her pro football dream.