Ottawa Redblacks hire Nadia Doucoure as offensive quality control coach

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The Ottawa Redblacks have named Nadia Doucoure as their offensive quality control coach for the 2023 season. The move makes her the second full-time female coach in CFL history, joining Tanya Walter with the B.C. Lions.

“We are pleased to have Nadia join our coaching staff for the 2023 season,” head coach Bob Dyce said in a statement. “She will be a valuable addition to the offensive staff.”

Doucoure was hired as a scout by the Redblacks in 2022 after taking part in the inaugural Women in Football internship program during training camp. She previously served as receivers coach for the University of Carleton Ravens, becoming the first female coach in school history.

“I’m glad to be back full-time with the Redblacks and to be taking this next step in my career,” Doucoure said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get on the field this season representing this great organization. Let’s get to work!”

A native of Paris, France, Doucoure played high-level flag football and rugby as an athlete and began coaching in 2002 with the La Courneuve Flash, eventually earning the role of technical advisor for France’s National Federation of American Football.

In 2014, she moved to Saskatoon from there, coaching local female flag football and playing for the Saskatoon Valkyries of the Western Women’s Canadian Football League. Doucoure later moved to Ottawa and took a position with Ontario Football, joining the staff at Carleton in 2021.