Phoebe Schecter’s rapid rise continues with Buffalo Bills coaching post (UK / USA)
With her hair pulled back in a low braided bun and arms crossed over her chest, Phoebe Schecter is all business during Bills practice.
Schecter, a coaching intern working with the tight ends, has been a steady fixture during training camp at St. John Fisher College. As the six tight ends vying for a spot on the team ran through drills, there she was too, every step of the way.
A good rep gets no reaction. A bad one gets a shake of the head as she springs into action to help them correct it. As soon as the horn blows and the drill is over, she grabs the equipment and then turns around and sprints off to follow the tight ends as they head to the other side of the field.
Schecter, 28, is always on the move, whether it be at training camp or in life.
This week, she wrapped up her second year as a coaching intern at Bills camp. She was selected through the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, and was one of six female coaching interns in the league.
Last week, the Raiders hired Kelsey Martinez as the league’s only female strength and conditioning coach. Katie Sowers, a former Walsh Diversity intern, is in her second season with the San Francisco 49ers, as an offensive assistant.
Schecter is not only helping players break through on the field but also helping a future generation of women break through into coaching.
“It’s so exciting,” Schecter said. “I feel so fortunate to be able to come back here and spend this year with the tight ends. … I just feel so lucky that I get to be around football 24/7.”
After leaving camp last year, she went on to coach at Bryant University in Rhode Island, then to California to work with Stanford during spring practice. In between, there were trips to Europe, where she plays linebacker for the men’s squad of the Staffordshire Surge and Birmingham Lions, in addition to being the captain of the Great Britain women’s team.
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