Sam Rapoport is a former American Football player who is the Senior Director of Football Development at the NFL.
In recent years, the NFL has welcomed a host of female coaches and leaders starting back in 2015 when Jen Welter became the first women to be hired as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason for the Arizona Cardinals. Since then, teams such as the Buffalo Bills, San Fransisco 49rs and the Raiders have all hired female coaches, Assistant Coaches and Strength & Conditioning coaches. Names such as Pheobeo Schecter, Kelsey Martinez, Kathryn Smith and Katie Sowers are paving the way to make the NFL a much more diverse coaching environment.
We asked Sam about her aims within her role with the NFL and how she bagged a job with one of the biggest sports in the World…
Can you tell us about your role as Senior Director of Football Development with the NFL?
My role at the NFL is to oversee the pipeline programming aimed at creating opportunities for diverse candidates to enter into NFL football operations positions. The overall mission is to normalise diverse candidates on the sidelines in football.
Day to day I work in an office in mid-town Manhattan in New York City attending several meetings and meeting with my team to discuss different strategies aimed at normalising women and people of colour on the sidelines of football. I also do quite a bit of travelling to the NFL clubs to speak with head coaches, general managers and owners to get their thoughts and opinions on how to move things forward and progress.
The full interview is available at https://femalecoachingnetwork.com/interviews/sam-rapoport/