Coach Katie Sowers works with NFL icons in East-West Shrine Game
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - One look along the sideline at the East-West Shrine Game reveals a team full of all-stars. And that's just the coaching staff.
Mike Alstott. Dave Moore. Brady Quinn. Sam Madison. James Harrell. Katie Sowers.
The East-West Shrine Game returns to Tropicana Field in St. Pete Saturday January 23 at 4 p.m. and features some of the best draft-eligible talent in college football.
Last year's game had 70 players that eventually made NFL rosters.
The East-West Shrine Game is the oldest college football all-star game in the country. Since 1925, the net proceeds from the game go to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
This year, the east team is coached by Charlie Weis, the former Florida Gator offensive coordinator and long-time NFL coach. His staff is the one dotted with the all-stars. Alstott, Moore, Quinn, Madison and Harrel all made their mark in the National Football League.
The name Katie Sowers may not be as familiar - unless you are a fan of the Women's Football Alliance and the Kansas City Titans.
Katie Sowers is the daughter of a college basketball coach. She played basketball because football was not an option at the time. She didn't get to play football until she went to college and found a women's team nearby.
She has been playing semi-pro for eight years now, most recently as the quarterback of the WFA Titans.
Sowers is working with Charlie Weis, helping prepare the offense for the game.
She's been coaching up the wide receivers, helping them understand the precision required in running pass routes. But her aim is bigger than just this game. She's helping these young men understand what will be expected of them in life.
"There's a lot of things that will help take them to the next level," says Sowers. "Whether that be the NFL or being a husband or a father, there are so many things we can teach these guys in this short week. Which has been amazing."
The Arizona Cardinals hired Dr. Jen Welter last year for a pre-season coaching internship. Welter became the first and only female NFL coach.
Katie Sowers is building a resume that could make her the next on that list.